Awards/Competitions: Winner, 2018 London Symphony/Music Academy Exchange; Finalist, 2015 International Horn Competition of America
Appearances: Music Academy of the West, 2018; Bowdoin Music Festival, 2017; Round Top Music Festival, 2016
What is your earliest memory of classical music? My father playing The Planets loudly on the radio.
When did you realize you wanted to pursue music as a career? In high school, when I got a D in Marching Band.
What do you think orchestra concerts should look like in the 21st Century? I think there should be much more of a connection to audiences, getting to know them, and finding out why they come to the symphony.
Which composer or genre of music do you feel you connect with the most? Mahler and Late-romantic music—we all as humans are so much more than we appear to be upon first meetings.
What is your favorite piece of music, and why do you love it? Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5; the final movement when the horns play the main theme is one of the most beautiful things composed.
What has been your favorite experience as a musician? Meeting and working with people from all around the world.
What is some advice you would give to your younger self? Learn to enjoy practicing! And express yourself!
Favorite non-classical musician or band: Alt-J or Bastille
If you could play another instrument, what would it be? Timpani
If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing? Extended backpacking trips around the world, living off-grid in the middle of nowhere.
What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to and why? Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Hardly any tourists, life is close to the same as it has always been there, good and interesting food, wonderful kind people.
Which three people, dead or alive, would you like to have dinner with and why? Gustav Mahler: an intense person, it would be interesting to know him personally. My wife: we always like a night out. And Samwise Gamgee: funny guy, I assume he’d have some good stories to tell.
Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us: I love to make and eat pizza.
Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Get out of your comfort zone as often as possible.