MM, Cello Performance, The Juilliard School
BM, Cello Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music
BM, Music Production and Recording Technology, Shenandoah University
Awards and Distinctions
Winner, Naumburg Chamber Music Award, 2016
Winner, Fischoff Chamber Music competition, 2014
Winner, New World Symphony Concerto Competition, 2004
What is your hometown?
What is your favorite recording?
The Cleveland Quartet’s Beethoven cycle.
What are you passionate about outside of music?
Cooking and The Great Outdoors.
Who were your major teachers?
Richard Aaron and Joel Krosnick.
What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?
"Don't only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets; art deserves that, for it and knowledge can raise man to the Divine."
—Ludwig van Beethoven
What questions do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?
“What kind of musical path am I passionate about?”
What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?
When music made me cry, smile, and gave me goosebumps all at the same time.
What was a turning point in your career?
Forming the Telegraph Quartet.
If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?
Cooking or hiking.
What is your daily practice routine?
Practice the current season’s repertoire, always taking time to practice scales, arpeggios, and double stops since having a strong foundation will make everything easier, allowing me to focus on the music rather than on how to play my instrument.
If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?
Beethoven, Mozart, and Haydn.
What are your most important collaborations?
The Audubon Quartet, Norman Fischer, and Ian Swensen.
What is your unrealized project?
Travel to space and perform the Beethoven cycle for extraterrestrials.