Winner, 2017 Jacobs School of Music String Quartet Seminar in the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna; Winner, 2011 National Symphony of Peru Young Soloists Competition
MúsicaOcupa Music Festival, Ecuador, 2017–18; Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Indiana, 2016–18; Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Kentucky, 2016–18; Tanglewood Music Center, 2016–17; Traveling Notes Music Festival, Belgium, 2010
My parents would buy me these mass-produced “best classical music hits” CDs in the early ’90s that had all the popular ones like The Four Seasons, Beethoven’s 5th, Nessun dorma, etc. and that is probably where everything started.
When I was in the middle of my first year of medical school and realized that reading about biology and anatomy all day instead of harmony and music history was not fun. I quit at the beginning of my second year as I started taking music much more seriously.
A studio mate of mine left Indiana to work with TŌN. What inspired me was his description of TŌN and the program’s search for a modern and relevant form of classical music.
Beethoven is probably the human being that I admire the most. His morals and ethics continue to strike me the more I learn about him.
It’s extremely hard to pick one, but as of now it would probably be between Beethoven’s Eroica, Brahms’ 4th Symphony, or Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler Symphony. Telling you why is more than hard—it’s impossible—because it is probably related to my own ideals and life events.
I treasure a very special performance and recording of Beethoven’s Eroica in Tanglewood. Somehow the whole trajectory of the work, the fact that it was my first performance of the piece, and the great performers around me made it something I will never forget.
I can tell you that during my last recital at Indiana University (which was special because I knew that would be my last year there) in April of 2018 I forgot my concert pants at home and didn’t notice until I finally went to change my clothes 15 minutes before the recital. Luckily, a very special person was able to go to my apartment, get my pants, and come back to school just in time to save my life.
The world is always bigger than we think, while our problems, on the contrary, are always smaller than we think.
Luis Alberto Spinetta, an Argentine singer, guitarist, composer, and poet regarded as one of the founders of Argentine rock
Clarinet or electric bass
I would probably be a doctor or doing something in the fields of evolutionary biology and taxonomy.
Either the beaches in Florida or the Amazon rainforest in Peru. Flora and fauna, oceans and rivers are all great things.
I was a competitive swimmer in high school.
Can I quote someone else on this one? I just really like this quote that I recently found by Vladimir Horowitz that can be applied to all instruments, I think: “Piano playing consists of common sense, heart, and technical resources. All three should be equally developed. Without common sense you are a fiasco, without technique an amateur, without heart a machine. The profession does have its hazards.”