I’m a violinist and violist currently based in San Diego, California. I play a variety of genres and have performed throughout the USA, Mexico and Europe. I also enjoy singing and have been incorporating that into projects more recently. My work centers around collaboration and experimentation. I am interested in creating pieces that provide some kind of dialogue between personal and collective perspectives.
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 Baby Bushka, an eight-piece all-female band celebrating the music of Kate Bush. Baby Bushka formed in October of 2017 with the idea to do a night of Kate Bush songs. Our first show in December of 2017 was a big hit, selling out the venue, and we went on to do shows in Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle in the spring of 2018. We then took on the United Kingdom and Ireland, played eleven shows in two weeks and were able to connect with many Kate Bush fans and some of her collaborators as well. It was an incredible experience and I’m thrilled that we will head back to the UK and Ireland in the summer of 2019.
As a teacher, 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 project at Palomar Elementary and give lessons through the youth symphony’s Sponsored Lessons 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, Meghann Welsh, Yvette Janine Jackson, Bonnie Lander, Jonathan Piper, Clinton Ross Davis, 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 play often for San Diego New Music and Art of Élan. I’ve also had the opportunity to work with Los Angeles based ensembles WasteLAnd, wild Up, and NYC ensembles ICE and Bang on a Can All-Stars.
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 performed at the Ojai Music Festival, La Jolla Summerfest, Lucerne Festival Academy, Aspen Music Festival, and Bach Festival of Leipzig. I’ve been attending the Baroque on Beaver Island Music Festival since 2016 and enjoyed playing for the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck this past August.
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 projects include a long distance improv dialogue with Seattle based undersea acoustian Al Jones, and György Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments with soprano Bonnie Lander. I am also in the process of commissioning and performing works for singing and speaking while playing with the aim to make an album. Currently, I am working with Carolyn Chen on a multi movement piece for my voice and violin titled Some Dragons.