Brevard Music Festival, 2014–15; Bowdoin International Music Festival, 2016; New Music on the Point, 2017; Chautauqua Institution MSFO, 2018; Spoleto Festival USA, 2023
As a little kid (maybe around 5 or 6), my dad got me and himself a subscription to the violin virtuoso series at Carnegie Hall. I remember seeing the soloists so up-close and commenting on the sweat I could see on their faces as they played. A particular favorite memory was seeing Maxim Vengerov play Ferdinand the Bull as an encore. I also remember having my Playbill signed by Hilary Hahn after one of her concerts there and telling her I played violin—and I still have the Playbill!
Growing up, I played a lot of new music as a member of Face The Music (a youth new music ensemble in NYC), and I found that the music we were playing, the venues, and the rehearsal process—working with composers and rehearsing with friends—was really exciting. I love the collaborative nature of music, the continued honing of your craft, and the creativity behind music and art-making of all kinds. Additionally, my time as a student at the Special Music School and Lucy Moses School in NYC was pivotal for me in terms of providing the resources and opportunities to pursue music.
I love listening to music of all kinds. I think my overall favorite is Chris Thile; what he plays with his bands and as a solo artist is always great and he brings a joyfulness to his music-making that I really enjoy.
In addition to music, I also do the other things I am passionate about: poetry and writing, Alexander Technique (I am in a Teacher Training Certification Program at Balance Arts Center), music composition, and theater / acting. I think it’s important to do anything you enjoy!
Have more fun! Enjoy and trust your own individual process, dreams, and path.