A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.
— Goethe
 
 

As the middle child of seven string players, I grew up literally surrounded by music. We’d play together at church, social functions, and the occasional local talent contest. Within our small community of Kenwood, a tiny agricultural hamlet tucked away in Sonoma County’s Valley of the Moon, we were known as the big family with more instruments than floor space in our living room.

When I was 16, I decided I wanted to pursue music. Once I chose music as a career path, I knew I would have to dedicate myself completely. When my family faced financial troubles during the Recession, I played in the street to earn money for my lessons. I walked 4 miles and took three buses every Saturday my Junior year of high school to play in the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. All this paid off when I was accepted into the studio of my greatest musical hero, Kim Kashkashian. I attended New England Conservatory to study with her, then went on the receive a Master of Music and then a Master of Music Arts degree from Yale School of Music.

 

In August, I returned to my home community to start my Professional Studies Diploma at San Francisco Conservatory of Music and have fallen in love with everything this school and city have to offer. The vibrant culture has given me so many opportunities to perform and grow as a musician. I look forward to deepening my roots in the Bay Area community.