Member of DSSO since: 2004
DSSO Position: Cello
Education: Eastman School of Music
What made you decide to pursue a career in music?
Playing music was very emotionally satisfying but it was also the most challenging thing I’ve ever tried to do. I wanted to see if I could succeed in what to me was a huge, perhaps unattainable goal.
What has been the highlight of your career thus far?
Playing substitute for numerous concerts under 3 different music directors with the Minnesota Orchestra has been very gratifying.
What made you choose to play cello?
My sister played the flute ahead of me and was very good, I wanted to stay clear of anything similar. Besides, breath control didn’t appeal to me, nor did holding something under my chin. These were silly 9 year old kid reasons but they pointed me towards cello.
What’s the most challenging thing about playing cello?
All of it!
Do you have a favorite piece of orchestral repertoire to play and/or listen to?
Two pieces I really like are the 2nd movements to the Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 and that of Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5.
When you’re not performing, what do you do for fun?
I practice yoga and do occasional cycle classes, this helps my mental state.
What’s one thing you hope people take away from a DSSO concert?
I hope people feel that the orchestra is a community of friends that enjoy playing and being with one another; hopefully this is communicated to the audience and they can share in that enjoyment of beautiful music.
Do you have any advice for those looking to pursue a career in music?
Find the best teachers and coaches you can and….practice, practice, practice.