I began studying the piano at a very young age, not because I or my parents had any lofty goals of my being a prodigy, but because my older sister was taking lessons. As long as I had to tag along, I wanted to participate. Violin entered the picture around age eight, and after a brief detour on the clarinet, it eventually stuck.
Through each and every performance, rehearsal, lesson, and masterclass, I value connection above all else. It is my strong belief that music cannot exist in a vacuum. Connection must exist between teacher and student and from composer to performer to audience. That is what makes music, art, and life worthwhile.