SFS member since: 1974
Hometown: Auburn, AL
Music schools I attended: North Carolina School of the Arts, Northern Illinois University
Began playing music: At age 8
Musical inspirations: Melvin Ritter, Concertmaster, Saint Louis Symphony
If I were not a professional musician, I might be a: Winemaker or a writer
Favorite composers: Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms
Favorite works featuring my instrument: Mozart, Sinfonia concertante; Brahms, sonatas for viola and piano; Bruch, Eight Pieces for Viola and Piano
When I’m not working, I enjoy: Hanging out with my wife, author Barbara Quick
Recent reading: Far From the Madding Crowd, by Thomas Hardy; The End of the Affair, by Graham Greene; Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen
On my CD player/iPod: I don’t listen to that much on CD except when I’m preparing chamber music.
Favorite things to do in the Bay Area: Hike in the parks in the North Bay, go to good restaurants
Plus: I grow grapes and make wine (Pinot noir and Pinot gris). I recently expanded my planting to 278 vines. Someone once joked that normally grape plantings are usually measured in acres.