When did you know you wanted to be a star violinist?
Honestly, I never came to a decision that I would be a professional violinist, I just somehow always knew that I would be. In preschool when they asked us to draw pictures of what we wanted to be when we grew up I would always draw a violinist. When I was 10 I had my first concerto performance with an orchestra, and I remember being on stage, looking into the audience and thinking “this is what I want to do for the rest of my life”. I’ve been chasing after that dream ever since.
Tell us about your first performance....
I don’t remember a lot about it since I was around 4 or 5 years old, but it was a violin recital at the Meadows School of Music at SMU, and my dad gave me a gorgeous wooden box with a card from him inside. I still have that box on my bedside table.
What is your favorite place to perform?
Wherever my fans are! :)
Do you have an all time favorite piece?
It tends to change from time to time, but Shostakovich’s 1st Violin Concerto and Prokofiev’s 1st Violin Sonata have stayed at the top of my list pretty consistently for a number of years.
How many hours a day do you spend practicing?
Anywhere from 30 minutes to 5 hours - it just depends on what I have coming up and how busy my schedule is.
What do you do when you are not performing? For Fun?
Explore towns looking for interesting and cozy coffee shops, experiment with brewing coffee in my Chemex at home, work on calligraphy and hand-lettering in my bullet journal, or spend time with friends. Usually in coffee shops. (I really like coffee.)
The Last Unicorn
Macaroni and Cheese
Favorite non-classical song or piece of music?
“Take On Me” by a-ha and “Clocks” by Coldplay