This was a really hard question for me, because there are so many!I went way back to October of 1992, for perhaps my “first” NSO “moment”.Maestro Rostropovich was our conductor and we were performing Shostakovich Symphony No 5 in Alaska for the very first American Residency.There hadn’t been a rehearsal for this performance, and it is a tricky piano part, which I had never performed.It was thrilling!The entire experience in Alaska was remarkable and quite memorable.
5. What are three songs or pieces you love to listen to?
Messaien, Quartet for the End of Time, Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2, Stravinsky Rite of Spring
6. Did you grow up in a musical household?
Yes, my father was a cornetist in the United States Marine Band
7. What did you want to be growing up?
I always wanted to be a pianist.I also played flute in high school, but my passion was always piano.
a. When did you know you wanted to be a professional classical musician?
Probably since I was about 8 years old.
8. What is your favorite thing about living in the DC area?
The blend of cultures and its beauty.
9. Where is your favorite DC hangout?
I don’t really have a favorite hangout.I love “sightseeing” in DC, and really love the cherry blossoms.
10. Do you have any pets?
A beautiful black cocker spaniel, Sammi.
11. What is your favorite way to spend your free time?
Relaxing with my family
12. Favorite movie:
That’s a tough one, because I really like going to the movies.But every year, without fail, we all sit around and watch Christmas Vacation and it is somehow always funny.So perhaps the gathering of family and all of us laughing makes this one of my favorite movies.
13. Favorite book:
I like lots of historical fiction.
14. Favorite sports team:
Don’t have one.
15. Name one thing people would be surprised to know about you.
I secretly enjoy country music.I love to sing karaoke with my sister-in-law.