THE FACTS: Born in Los Altos, California.
Studied with Irene Sharp at San Francisco
Conservatory; bachelor of music degree
from The Juilliard School; performance
diploma from the Hochshule für Musik in
Vienna. Won second prize in the Geneva
International Competition 1991, and
fourth prize in the Tchaikovsky International
Cello Competition in 1994. Prior
to the Philharmonic: San Francisco Symphony
and Los Angeles Philharmonic.
At the Philharmonic: Joined in 1998;
named Associate Principal Cello in
FIRST PIECE OF MUSIC YOU FELL IN LOVE WITH: Brahms's Violin Concerto with David Oistrakh. My father recorded the tape off an LP, so the very end gets cut off and I always had to quickly flip the tape to finish listening to it. To this day when we get to the last movement, the flow surprises me!
TELL US ABOUT THE WARWICK MUSIC SERIES, WHICH YOU FOUNDED: Some of the most passionate
and devoted music lovers I have ever
met are friends I’ve made since moving to
Warwick Valley in 2007, and it gives me joy
beyond belief to present spectacular musicians
in my amazing community and help it
grow. We already have a partnership with another
group I co-founded, Friends of Warwick
Valley Humane Society, raising money
through lectures and performance. Sometimes
I get overwhelmed by my own dreams
but I firmly believe in the power of conviction
YOU ALSO STARTED THE ARTEMIS PROJECT: Philharmonic violist Dorian Rence and I
co-founded The Artemis Project, a chambermusic-
tour-to-Greece turned kitten-rescuerehabilitation-
Pet rescue and advocation is often fraught
with pain and sadness, but miracles happen.
YOU'VE BROUGHT YOUR PHILANTHROPIC SPIRIT TO YOUR LOVE OF DISTANCE RUNNING TOO: Running
has become what I do to think, process, rejuvenate,
and share. MUSICALEXA (incorporating
my beloved niece Alexa’s name) is a running
team/concept of mine that I hope to eventually
utilize as a meeting place (physical or cyber) for
all things running, health, music, the arts, and
community. I’m also involved with Celebrate
Life Half Marathon, which assists cancer patients
with care, treatment, and related needs
for those who cannot afford it. The race director,
Myriam Loor, and I share not only a love of
running, but also the fact that we are both survivors,
so it is just that much more
visceral a passion for us.
WHAT'S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU'VE EVER BEEN GIVEN? Be nice.
As of February 2015