Birth Place: Birmingham, MI
Education: BM in Violin at Lawrence University -- Thomas J. Watson Fellow
One World Symphony Violinist
1. Are any of your family members musicians? If
so, what do they do?
Dad was in a rock and roll cover band in high school/college and became a lawyer. Mom took piano through high school and became a florist. Grandma was an opera student and became a housewife. Basically, I'm fulfilling all of their dreams. No pressure.
2. What has been the highlight of your One World
Symphony career to date?
Playing "The Rite of Spring"; love that piece.
3. What would you say is your favourite piece
Too hard to say. Noises. The wrong notes.
4. What's your favorite moment with One World
...And the worst moment (if any)?
Oooh harder...when the food runs out. Or, that one really hot day, when we ran out of water.
5. What music do you listen to in the car or subway?
Gypsy funk and John Hartford
6. What is your favourite drink?
Expensive scotch or a vodka tonic or good red wine.
7. When you do have some free time, how do you
Jamming with friends
8. Why do you continue to perform with One World
Symphony when you can perform with other ensembles that would
offer more financial benefits?
Playing with musicians who play music regardless of economics.
9. If you had the oppotunity to time travel, when
and where would you prefer to live? Why?
Maybe in the future, when George W. isn't President anymore. Maybe to early women's lib time. Like Seneca Falls when the women were kicking some voting butts.
10. If you weren't a musician what would you be?
There's a quote by one of my most inspirational teachers -- Larry Livingston -- who said, "if you can think of anything else you'd rather do than music, then you should not become a musician." Sort of harsh, and stuck in a very fragmented world where you have to choose such things, but it has stuck with me. I don't want to do anything else.
11. Why would you recommend to other musicians
and public to participate with One World Symphony?
Good people, network, good music, four-hour rehearsals (oh wait...); Keep up your chops, network, meet great people; I think that's the reason I play. Public -- great repertoire with a twist, a great vibe, and great locations.
12. What are your hobbies?
Playing music (gypsy, klezmer, old-time, avant garde rock), reading books, politics, cooking, petting my rabbit, swimming in rivers. I also play with: