What advice would you offer to young performers?
Find your authentic voice, and go after opportunities that feel right for you. There is more than one way to have music in your life. While a traditional orchestra or opera or string quartet may be right for some people, they might not be right for everyone. Maybe a mix of opportunities is what’s right for you. Or maybe something completely different. Every orchestra only needs one concertmaster, but the world needs a variety of musicians sharing their gifts in a variety of ways.
Apart from music, what other activities do you find enriching in your life?
Travelling, vegetable gardening, and spending time with my 1-year-old black cat, Junko. I love to see the world from other people’s perspectives, and traveling (even to other towns around New England) lets me do that. Vegetable gardening puts me in touch with the elements of nature and helps me practice letting go of outcomes. I plant the seeds, fertilize them and water them. After that, it’s out of my hands. I had never owned a cat before Junko, and she forces me to slow down. Just when I want to get up, she’ll crawl into my lap or up on my shoulder and settle in for a nap. As a result, I do much more meditating and pre-performance visualization then I’ve ever done before! It’s been great for my horn playing.
What have you been listening to most recently?
Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn, and strings, Op. 31.
I had the honor of performing it as faculty soloist with the Tufts Chamber Orchestra at the Granoff Music Center in Medford on March 31 at 8 pm and at Symphony Space in New York City on April 19. Several well-known horn players have recorded it, and I’m always curious to hear other horn players’ interpretations. The writing is terrific, and it is great fun to play.
Do you have any pets at home? If so, where is your favorite place to take them for a walk?
I think Junko would freak out if I took her for a walk! She’s definitely an indoor, city cat.