Member since 1996
Hometown: Newport Beach, CA
On being in the Orchestra:
It is rewarding to be part of such an exceptional group of talented people and to share the experience of great music with the audience and community. Being able to contribute to performances at such a high artistic level is an amazing way to live your life. It’s a challenge but I can’t imagine doing anything else. What a gift!
I find it difficult to narrow the choices down. I usually say Mozart, but there are so many... Brahms’s symphonies are always wonderful and the tone poems of Richard Strauss are challenging and rich. One of my all-time favorite pieces is Stravinsky’s Pulcinella—it is a joy to play!
Other musical activities:
I play chamber music in Walnut Creek for the Sierra Chamber Society—usually a few concerts a year. It has been great, if not essential, for my technique and my spirit, and a good way to get to know my colleagues better. For fun, I also play electric violin in a rock band called NTL.
I have become an avid cyclist since doing my first century ride (100 miles in a day) with Team in Training, which raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. It was a great experience, and since then I have done seven more centuries. I have a beautiful Italian racing bike that I love.