National Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven's Violin Concerto
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The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and The Colburn School
a. Was it for music?
2. What is your favorite piece (or pieces) to play in the orchestra?
Anything by Brahms or Dvorák. They both have such great writing for wind instruments.
3. Do you have a pre-concert ritual or routine?
I like to eat a big meal and head to the hall early to focus and calm my mind.
4. Describe your favorite NSO moment:
Performing in the Berlin Philharmonic's concert hall on our 2016 European tour.
5. What are three songs or pieces you love to listen to?
It's hard to choose, but I love listening to Brahms piano trios and I also really enjoy listening to jazz, especially the old standards.
6. Did you grow up in a musical household?
Neither of my parents are musicians, but they did require that both my brother and I take piano lessons.
7. What did you want to be growing up?
With the exception of a few months in the eighth grade when I thought I wanted to be an engineer, I've always wanted to be a musician.
a. When did you know you wanted to be a professional classical musician?
Though I started out on piano, it wasn't until I started playing the flute that I found my calling in music and knew I wanted to focus on that specifically. It was probably my freshman year of high school that I started to realize that if I worked hard enough, I could really make it a career.
8. What is your favorite thing about living in the DC area?
I love having all of the museums and points of interest in such high concentration. It's a fun place to explore as a resident and to show off to visiting guests.
9. Do you have any pets?
I have a three-legged cat named Basil.
10. What is your favorite way to spend your free time?
There are so many ways! I am crazy about yoga and all things "mind and body" and love to hike and be active outdoors. I also love learning about and eating cheese and baking bread. One of my favorite things is to go out to hear live jazz.
11. Favorite book:
Current favorite is "Crossing to Safety" by Wallace Stegner.
12. Name one thing people would be surprised to know about you.
I once catered a friend's backyard wedding for 70 guests. It was one of the most stressful things I've ever done.
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