A cellist is a singer, dancer, storyteller, architect, painter, sculptor, thinker, poet, missionary, and sportsman. (paraphrased from Paul Tortelier) Training from the age of 4, music has brought me to many institutions and corners of the world. I have equally fond memories of barefoot summers at Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, and jaw dropping performances at The Aspen Music Festival. I studied at the University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Denver, and the Boston Conservatory. Influential mentors have included Sato Knudsen of Boston Symphony, the Tacaks String Quartet, and though we will never meet until I cross to the other side, the recordings of Mstislav Rostropovich.
In 2012 I was an apprentice cellist for the Singapore Symphony, and became part of the Great Wall Soloists in Beijing. I made my solo debut in 2013 on the Schumann Concerto with the Cusco Symphony. Within the same month I made a guest appearance at the Biennal du Violoncello in Lima, and took a year to train young cellists in the Andes region of Peru. From spending time in Latin America, I had to master the art of the solo cello concert- often because there was no acoustic piano available at many venues. The most memorable concert would have to be the exposing Bach to the indigenous Q’ero people.