When did you join the RSNO?
I joined the RSNO in February 2018.
Where are you from?
I grew up in a suburb of New York City
Where did you study?
When I was a kid I went to the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division and studied with three great violin teachers - Nicole DiCecco, Peter Winograd and Patinka Kopec, then at age 16 I went to the University of Southern California for two years and studied with Robert Lipsett, then to the Cleveland Institute of Music for four years working with Donald Weilerstein and finally I went to Juilliard for two years, studying with Mr. Weilerstein and Itzhak Perlman. I am very grateful to all of my amazing teachers, who each gave me something important and unique that blended into who I am today.
What do you enjoy most about being in the RSNO?
Tell us your favourite RSNO story/memory so far.
I really enjoyed the moment recently when we played Beethoven 5 without a conductor and at the end we all stood on stage in a line and bowed together instead of from our usual seats. Orchestras can be such a hierarchy but the truth is every single person contributes something individual and crucial (it’s like voting! One person really can make a difference). Bowing together like that, I felt a real sense of community, equality and team spirit.
What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing with the Orchestra?
Reading, watching dumb TV shows and eating good French cheese!
Do you have any hidden talents?
I can make a whistle out of a piece of grass.
If you could have dinner with anyone (alive or dead) who would it be, and why?
Carlos Kleiber, à conductor who died about 15 years ago, without a doubt. He’s my favourite musician of all time and I read a book of his letters and he had a wicked sense of humour. I wish I could have known him.
You're stranded on a desert island. You're allowed 3 CDs and 1 book. What would they be, and why?
When I was a kid I had certain CDs (actually tapes!) that I would listen to over and over. I think I would revert to those on my island because they remind me of my childhood and the excitement of discovering music. The first tape I ever bought was Shostakovich piano concertos. I don’t even remember who was playing but I listened to them constantly and could still sing you both concertos by heart! Also I used to adore the recording of the opera La Traviata with the soprano Ileana Cotrubas. In fact, I literally JUST realised that the conductor for that recording is Carlos Kleiber! And maybe the first album of violinist Joshua Bell that he released when he was in his teens because I’ve always loved and felt inspired by his playing. As for one book, hmm... maybe Proust, In Search of Lost Time? It took me a few years to finish that book the first time around so it would keep me occupied and the subject of time and memories would fit the setting!