Days in the Arts, Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, Assistant Director
Handel’s Messiah outside the National Theater of Costa Rica, being performed by members of the National Institute of Music, and inviting audience members to conduct the ensemble.
During middle school, sitting in a rehearsal of the Concertgebouw Brass Ensemble during their tour in Costa Rica.
I heard about TŌN while being a Teaching Fellow at the Bard College Conservatory. Orchestral percussion has been my passion for a long time, and being so close to a very high-level orchestra made me try my hardest to be a part of it.
TŌN does an amazing job at including composers and compositions that need to be programmed more often. Maestro Botstein’s way of viewing our current situation in classical music has shaped the way we play and program concerts, and our audience loves it. Definitely a step into the right direction.
Any person that doesn’t find excuses and just fights for what they want until they achieve it. My mom is the example.
Little bit of a different answer: I am incredibly connected with the music of my country and the way that many young musicians and friends are working to keep our traditions and sounds alive.
Any Shostakovich symphony (maybe not any, but you get the idea) because of how FUN it is to perform them as a percussionist.
Traveling to Norway and the Czech Republic and getting to perform in amazing and famous halls. The acoustics were something else.
Respighi’s Pines of Rome has a recording of bird calls at the end of the third movement. Percussionists are often asked to hit the play button during the concerts and then stop the recording when it’s time. During the dress rehearsal everything went great, but we forgot to rewind the recording to the beginning, and the bird calls that were heard during the live performance were definitely not the ones intended by Respighi.
Be patient and work hard. My teacher used to say, “work slow because you need to get there fast.” Deep words!
Trumpet! I used to play it a long time ago.
I would work as a tour guide in Costa Rica! So many wonders that so many people don’t know about.
Norway. The natural beauties of this country are absolutely stunning.
Arturo Sandoval, Vic Firth, and Yo-Yo Ma. Arturo—his story is one of the most inspiring ever. If you don’t know him, go check him out! Vic Firth—would love to ask him how he became one of the biggest figures in the percussion world. Yo-Yo Ma—besides the musical hero he is for many, I’ve heard that he’s extremely fun to hang with!
I love watches! I’ve been building my collection for some years now.
Always remember to stick to your own voice! At the end of the day/audition/exams, etc., it will ALWAYS make a difference.