Birthday: May 8th
Hometown: A crossroads in Wisconsin called Winchester
Children: Nina(19) and Jamie(13)
Pets: MeowMeow the Cat and Haru the Dog (possibly Dingo)
Education: I went to the Interlochen Arts Academy for the last couple of years of high school. After that I graduated from the Eastman School of Music. I did my Masters with Raya Garbousova at Northern Illinois University.
Years served in the Utah Symphony: I can’t believe it’s already 25 years!
Town most recently lived in: I lived in Auckland NZ for 2004 where I played in the Auckland Phil.
Favorite quote: “I can resist anything but temptation” or anything else Oscar Wilde said
Greatest accomplishment: Instilling in my kids a love for animals and the outdoors
Favorite composer: This is a loaded question, but I am a fan of Robert Schumann. I’m always asked for a ‘top three’ composers list for some reason. That includes Bach, Beethoven and ?.
Favorite composition: Schumann Cello Concerto
Inspiration: People who have faced much greater difficulties than me
Favorite Movies: North by Northwest, Charade, the Bonds, the Bournes…
Most interesting thing few-to-no one knows about you: I read all 66 Hardy Boys books to my son
Favorite Foods: Sushi, Pistachio Ice Cream, Orange Juice
Hobbies: Skiing, hiking, golf
Bad habit: Staying up too late
Place you’d most like to be stranded: Fjord country of Norway
Most influential teacher (in music or any other area): My graduate teacher and friend, Raya Garbousova
Professional experience before the Utah Symphony: I played in a couple of other orchestras prior, but I also worked on a construction crew in Dallas between school years in college
If I didn’t play the cello: I’d play the bassoon.
If I weren’t a professional musician: I’d be in science, probably physics (my first major).
What do you want the community to know about us, or our job?: We fret a lot about our playing and are always trying to get better. If we aren’t playing well at the moment, we aren’t happy.