Principal, The Howard Mitchell Chair, The Strong Family and the Hattie M. Strong Foundation
National Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven's Violin Concerto
DECLASSIFIED: featuring Zakir Hussain with the National Symphony Orchestra
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I attended Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music for my undergraduate degree and did work towards my master's degree at Northwestern's Bienen School of Music and Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.
2. What is your favorite piece (or pieces) to play in the orchestra?
Any symphony by Gustav Mahler, especially the 5th symphony!
3. Do you have a pre-concert ritual or routine?
I like to be as fresh and relaxed as possible so my routine always includes a pre concert nap, a light dinner, and a good warm up.
4. Describe your favorite NSO moment:
I am brand new this season and there have already been many memorable weeks. The two that really stand out to me so far are the all Bach concert with Helmuth Rilling and the all Beethoven concert with Herbert Blomstedt.
5. What are three songs or pieces you love to listen to?
Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F, Ravel's La Tombeau de Couperin, and Mahler's 8th Symphony
6. Did you grow up in a musical household?
Not at all!
7. When did you know you wanted to be a professional classical musician?
I immediately knew I wanted to be a classical musician when I heard the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra play Sibelius's 2nd symphony back in high school.
8. What is your favorite thing about living in the DC area?
The amazing food!!
9. Do you have any pets?
I don't have any pets but would love to get a dog sometime in the future.
10. What is your favorite way to spend your free time?
Because I am new to the area, I spend most of my free time exploring everything this amazing city has to offer!
11. Favorite movie:
12. Favorite sports team:
Go Packers! (My mom would kill me if I didn't say that)
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