Presser Foundation Graduate Award; Marcel J. Dandois Memorial Prize in Oboe
Bowdoin International Music Festival, 2018–19; Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Indiana, 2016
I remember being captivated by the film scores of John Williams and Howard Shore from a very early age.
I came to this realization soon after I started learning the oboe as a child.
I find inspiration—in equal parts and with great admiration—in the teachers who have helped me along the way: Ayca Yayman, Dr. Mark Ostoich, Dwight Parry, Christopher Philpotts, and Stephen Taylor.
It’s incredibly difficult to narrow to one choice, but I do reserve a special spot for the Goldberg Variations. The work represents the height of musical creativity and invention, and my life is continually enriched every time I play them or sit to listen to a favorite recording.
Go make more reeds.
The Netherlands. I found the open cultural atmosphere, the great artistic institutions, and the welcoming nature of its people to be refreshing.
Siddhārtha Gautama, Marcel Tabuteau, and W.A. Mozart. I think the conversation would have both great depth and levity.