BM, Cleveland Institute of Music
MM, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Joined LMC faculty in 2018
Share with us some of your professional accomplishments.
I am a cellist in New York City and I teach and perform around New York and Massachusetts. I am on faculty during the year at the Thurnauer School of Music in Tenafly, New Jersey, and have full Suzuki method certification. I made my solo debut in 2008 performing with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic after winning first prize in the Virtuoso-in-Progress Competition. Since then, I have attended festivals such as the Chautauqua Institute, the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, the June in Buffalo Performance Institute and the Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, where I collaborated with the Juilliard String Quartet, Kim Kashkashian and Itzhak Perlman. The past few years, I have worked closely with Itzhak and Toby Perlman during residencies and summer programs on Shelter Island, New York, Sarasota, Florida, and Tel Aviv, Israel.
What excites you about Luzerne Music Center?
The structure of the program is perfect for cultivating a strong musician with the great variety of ensembles and classes. As a teacher, looking at the students’ schedule and all the different ways of learning, whether it is in private lessons, chamber music or orchestra solidifies my suspicions that Luzerne is a nurturing place that only strengthens the love of music for everyone.
What can campers expect to learn while working with you this summer?
During lessons, we will work on making sure the skeleton of the cello technique is strong. Then we will work on how to use that technique to explore different ways of expression. For some students, we may also explore how to practice effectively and how to use time well while enjoying one's self!