Awards/Competitions: Finalist (One of Five), Honorable Mention, 2013 IDRS Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox International Oboe Competition
Appearances: Pablo Casals Music Festival, France; Norfolk Chamber Music Festival; Aspen Music Festival
What is your earliest memory of classical music? Taking violin lessons when I was very young and playing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
When did you realize you wanted to pursue music as a career? When I gave my first public performance on oboe when I was 15
What inspired you to audition for TŌN? My teacher and friends introduced me to TŌN. I heard about the program from them and I loved the idea that it is designed to educate exceptional orchestral musicians. Performing with great conductors and colleagues is always inspiring.
Who is your biggest inspiration? Albrecht Mayer, Principal oboist of Berlin Philharmonic
Which composer do you feel you connect with the most? J.S. Bach and Robert Schumann
What has been your favorite experience as a musician? It is always great to feel emotionally bonded with the audience on stage. Oboe parts usually have some beautiful solo lines which are always a pleasure to play for other people.
What is some advice you would give to your younger self? Do not quit playing piano even if you don’t want to practice. There will be times when you want to play more than one note at a time.
If you could play another instrument, what would it be? Piano
What is your favorite place you’ve travelled to and why? Maldives. It is such a beautiful paradise. It feels like time has stopped while I’m there. Gorgeous ocean and well-preserved nature. It’s just perfect for a vacation.