I’m a violinist and violist currently living in San Diego, California. I play a variety of genres and have been fortunate enough to perform throughout the USA, Tijuana, Mexico and parts of Europe. I also enjoy singing and have been incorporating that into my collaborations more recently.
In San Diego I perform with Quartet Nouveau, a string quartet that presents classical chamber music throughout Southern California. Quartet Nouveau is a non-profit organization and offers outreach concerts and chamber music coachings. Many of our concerts are free. I am also a member of the G Burns Jug Band, a five piece old time ensemble specializing in prewar urban blues. We have a monthly show at the Black Cat Bar and play all around town for various festivals and events. We’ve done a couple of West Coast tours, self released two albums, and recently headed to Louisville’s annual Jug Band Jubilee in September 2016. I maintain a small private studio and do weekly coachings for the orchestras at Mira Mesa High School. I also teach for the San Diego Youth Symphony’s Opus program at Kellogg Elementary as well as coach chamber music for their Conservatory program.
In 2014, I graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a doctoral degree in violin performance, focusing on avant garde repertoire and experimental practices. Being a part of the UCSD musical community allowed me to collaborate with awesome composers and performers such as Nicholas Deyoe, Leslie Leytham, Michiko Ogawa, Stephanie Aston, Katalin Lukács, Sam Dunscombe, Jessica Aszodi, Judith Hamann, Rachel Beetz, Todd Moellenberg, Clint McCallum, Carolyn Chen, Rick Snow, and Bob Pierzak, to name a few. I performed a number of premieres and studied with the late Hungarian violinist János Négyesy. I continue to work with UCSD ensembles Palimpsest and Kallisti, and play often with San Diego groups RENGA, Art of Élan, San Diego New Music, and Glottalopticon. I’ve also had the opportunity to work with Los Angeles based ensembles WasteLAnd, wild Up, and perform on the Monday Evening Concerts at Zipper Hall.
A little about my past: I grew up in a musical household, the third of four children. We all studied a string instrument (violin or cello) as well as piano and performed often together in our hometown of Houston, Texas. Along with being immersed in classical music from a young age, I became obsessed with the local oldies radio station- The Mamas and the Papas, The Supremes, The Shirelles, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Doo Wop, etc. My interest in popular music continues to influence the work I do. Some current favorites are The Feelies, Viv Albertine, Barrington Levy, Townes Van Zandt, Joni Mitchell, The B52s, The Pet Shop Boys, and Robyn Hitchcock.
In Houston, my primary teachers were Judy Offman of the Suzuki School of Houston and Fredell Lack. I began my college studies at the Moores School of Music, University of Houston and continued on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music as a student of Sylvia Rosenberg. I’ve attended the Lucerne Festival Academy, Aspen Music Festival, Festival-Institute at Round Top, The Quartet Program, and Bach Festival of Leipzig. Most recently, I spent ten days in the northern portion of Lake Michigan playing for the Baroque on Beaver Island Music Festival.
I am very lucky to play on a 2002 violin made by Houston based luthier Alkis S. Rappas. The instrument, inspired by the 1721 “Lady Blunt” Stradivari violin, was awarded a Silver Medal for Violin Tone by the Violin Society of America (VSA) at the 15th International Competition and Exhibition, Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, November 11-17, 2002.
Some current side projects include forays into improvisation and transcription with tuba virtuoso Jonathan Piper, and the formation of The Bechdels, a venture into three part vocalizing with the fantastic singers/multi instrumentalists Bonnie Lander and Meghann Welsh. Bonnie and I are also working our way through György Kurtág’s massive and inspiring Kafka Fragments, an hour long exploration into the human psyche with text by Franz Kafka, for violin and soprano.