THE FACTS: Born in Los Angeles, California.
B.A., Yale College; master of music, Yale School of Music.
Prior to the
Philharmonic: assistant concertmaster of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. At the Philharmonic:
Joined in 1988.
EARLIEST MUSICAL MEMORY: My parents were music lovers. My mom always had the classical radio station on, especially in the car. We'd listen on the way to school or to violin lessons and guess what was playing, à la Name That Tune.
WHEN DID YOU BEGIN VIOLIN? At age three. My mom found a violin shop in the Yellow Pages and inquired about violin teachers. My little sister had just arrived on the scene, and it seemed a good idea for me to keep busy. Luckily, we found a teacher who lived around the corner. The first piece I fell in love with was Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. I had the Heifetz LP. I would put on the repeat button and fall asleep listening to it over and over.
WHO WERE YOUR MOST IMPORTANT MUSICAL INFLUENCES? All of my violin teachers helped me so much. Szymon Goldberg was a major influence and I admired his intelligent and thoughtful artistry. I'm also thankful to have studied with Alice Schoenfeld, who gave me a strong foundation.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING A MUSICIAN? I love the feeling of being transported, along with the audience, to another place where nothing else matters but making music.
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS WITH THE ORCHESTRA: Sweeney Todd in March 2014: Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson rocked it. Also Beethoven's Triple Concerto in June 2014 with former Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, Yefim Bronfman, and Principal Cello Carter Brey: it will stay with me forever since it was Glenn's final week of concerts with us, and we were all teary-eyed by the end. I grew up listening to him in the Los Angeles Philharmonic before he became Concertmaster of this Orchestra.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS
SEASON? The Verdi Requiem with Alan Gilbert in January. It's one of my all-time favorites!
MOST INSPIRING COMPOSERS: J.S. Bach. I also love Brahms and Mahler.
ARE THERE OTHER MUSICIANS IN YOUR FAMILY? My son, Kyle, is 13 and studies piano; my daughter, Sachi, is 9 and studies harp. My husband, Keisuke Ikuma, is an oboist.
WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN LISTENING TO LATELY?András Schiff Plays Bach, the Bill Evans Trio, The Glenn Dicterow Collection, and, because I have kids, the Frozen sound track.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK? Sewing, baking for school bake sales, and beginning ballet classes.
As of November 2014