What I do
- Chamber musician - Since joining the Lydian Quartet and moving to the Boston area in 2002, I have had the good fortune to play some of the greatest chamber music imaginable with my quartet, cello piano duo, the Worcester Chamber Music Society, and as a guest artist with numerous ensembles in Boston and New England. To be fully involved in the teamwork for understanding a chamber work's composition, expression, and sound, and how to bring that to you the listener is one of the most satisfying kinds of experience I could ask for.
- Solo cello - while chamber music is my first love, my longtime fascination and passion for the cello means I also love playing unaccompanied music for my instrument, whether the masterworks of J.S. Bach or the adventurous works of 20th and 21st century composers, with and without electronics. I've also had opportunities over the years to play great concertos by Beethoven, C.P.E. Bach, Dvorak, Glazunov, Haydn, Schumann, and Tchaikovsky as a soloist with orchestra.
- Recording artist - My longtime interest in contemporary music has led to many opportunities to record for some amazing contemporary composers. Now I have gone further back in time as I have recorded the seminal late quartets of Beethoven as a Lydian, and with Randall Hodgkinson the remarkable complete works for cello and piano from the early 20th century by Leo Ornstein.
- Educator - as Professor of the Practice at Brandeis University, I teach cello students, chamber music, and courses for our music department. I also collaborate with graduate student composers in the preparation of their works for performance at Brandeis and at the annual Wellesley Composers Conference. In the greater Boston and Worcester area I have done master classes and outreach work with students in local colleges, universities, and schools, and have judged concerto competitions for New England Conservatory and Boston University's School of Music.