Education: Studied painting at the Art Students League, NY. I started 'cello at 7, with my father. Studied privately for many years with the exception of my art school years. And studied theory, ear training and history at Mannes. Graduated at NC School for the Arts, NC
One World Symphony Cellist
1. Are any of your family members musicians? If
so, what do they do?
All of my immediate family are string players. My father taught in public schools, he and my mother privately, and both played in various orchestras over the years -- Long island Symphony, Nassau Symphony, etc. My brother and his wife, and my sister and her husband, play in the Toledo (Ohio) Symphony. All violin except my brother-in-law (viola). My wife Elise is a 'cellist. Together we could, in principle, play Mendelssohn's octet, but we never have
2. What has been the highlight of your One World
Symphony career to date?
Perhaps the "Cellobration" concert in September 2003.
3. What would you say is your favourite piece
Today I'll say Tippett String Quartet #5.
4. What's the best thing about One World Symphony?
Playing Mahler's Adagietto, 4 'cellos divisi, and being able to play the soaring melody line so delicately with Simone.
...And the worst moment (if any)?
I think that I felt underprepared for the Falstaff, and since I had been playing less lately my 4th finger muscle became very sore about halfway through. Because it's got alot of fast notes in awkward keys it really taxes your muscles.
5. What music do you listen to in the car or subway?
I listen mostly to chamber music, quartets. mostly modern/late romantic.
6. What is your favourite drink?
7. What was the most recent book you read?
Red Star Over China by Edgar Snow
8. When you do have some free time, how do you
I don't understand this question.
9. Why do you continue to perform with One World
Symphony when you can perform with other ensembles that would
offer more financial benefits?
I have never pursued 'cello as my principal career. I have never been able to set it aside either, and so I keep practicing, performing and learning. I have tried to make 'cello pay for the time I spend with it, but much professional playing is not necessarily musically rewarding, and that is the first priority. At One World everybody is there for the joy of music making, the caliber of musicianship is high, and the programming is generally exciting. I think it's great that One World Symphony regularly program new works from members of the community.
10. If you weren't a musician what would you be?
Difficult to answer since my first career is as a painter.
11. Why would you recommend to other musicians
and public to participate with One World Symphony?
I think that people must always keep their sights on the principal that music is an art, and a joy, before it is a job. It is great to have a place where everyone understands that, and people play on a high level.