Awards/Competitions: Winner, 2012 Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition; Winner, 2018 American Trombone Workshop National Quartet Competition (with David and Cameron); Winner, 2019 American Trombone Workshop National Quartet Competition (With David and Cameron)
Appearances: Aspen Music Festival, 2014–15; Verbier Festival, 2016–18
What is your earliest memory of classical music? Mom playing me Smetana’s Moldau on the stereo as a kid
When did you realize you wanted to pursue music as a career? 10th–11th grade
How did you hear about TŌN? From the New England Conservatory Brass Department Chair
Who is your biggest inspiration? Simon Rattle
Which composer or genre of music do you feel you connect with the most? Late Romantic; Mahler
What is your favorite piece of music, and why do you love it? Mahler’s Third Symphony, for the trombone solo
What has been your favorite experience as a musician? Playing the sunrise scene from An Alpine Symphony at sunrise on a mountaintop in the Swiss Alps
Do you have any embarrassing performance stories? Locked my slide and didn’t realize it until I tried to move it during a fifth grade band concert.
What is some advice you would give to your younger self? Do more score study with recordings.
Favorite non-classical musician or band: Shakey Graves, Punch Brothers, The Head and the Heart
If you could play another instrument, what would it be? Cello
If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing? Working as an architectural acoustician
What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to? Bryce Canyon
Which three people, dead or alive, would you like to have dinner with? Batman, Nikola Tesla, Stanley Kubrick
Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us: I love cooking.
Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Don’t sit in front of the trombones.