Mannes College of Music
Professional Studies Diploma, 2008
University of Missouri, Kansas City ~ Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance, 2004
Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts
Graduated Summa cum laude, 2000
Performances with: Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Johnathon Biss, Robert Levin, Sharon Isbin, Vladimir Feltsman, Pepe Ramero, Eighth Blackbird, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Clay Walker (as a featured musician at Carnegie Hall), Peter Gabriel, Idina Menzel, Michael Bublé.
Recording Credits: NBC, Ashanti, Joanna Newsom (Drag City) and Rhino Records. Numerous independent projects.
Teachers: Fred Sherry (faculty: The Juilliard School), Martin Storey (principal cellist: BBC Scottish Symphony. former principal cellist: London Symphony, BBC Orchestras), Paul Tobias (former faculty: Mannes College of Music), Carter Enyeart (faculty: University of Missouri-Kansas City) and Peter Sukonic (former associate principal cellist: Kansas City Symphony).
Masterclasses/Lessons: Lynn HarrelI, David Geringas, Timothy Eddy, Joel Krosnick, Colin Carr, Paul Katz, Eric Kim, Allison Eldridge, Mark Tanner, Kurt Fowler.
St. Joseph Symphony (principal), Mantovani Pops Orchestra (associate principal – 2010, 2012 tours across China), Malaysia International Festival Orchestra (assistant principal – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Mannes College of Music Orchestra (principal), Civic Orchestra of Chicago (associate member), Des Moines Symphony, University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory Orchestras (principal), Northland Symphony (associate principal), National Youth Symphony (Carnegie Hall – associate principal).
Missouri Western Faculty Piano Trio (2013-current), Trinity Lutheran Bach Cantata Series (2013 – current), St. Joseph Symphony Chamber Music Series (2011-current), Juniper String Quartet (2000 – current - professional quartet in New York City/Kansas City). Quadrivium (2010-2011 – electro-acoustic new music ensemble with performances at festivals across the United States and Thailand), Mannes College of Music Graduate Assistant in Chamber Music (2006-2008), Juilliard ChamberFest (2007), Chamber Music Series with members of Kansas City/Des Moines Symphonies (2004-2006).
Chamber music coaches: Jacob Lateiner, Hiroko Yajima (Mannes Trio), Benny Kim, Chin Kim, Todd Phillips (Orion String Quartet), Carter Enyeart (Philadelphia String Quartet), Robert Weirich, Peter Prosser, David Barg, JY Song.
Chamber music masterclasses: Leon Fleisher, Donald McGinnis, Margo Garrett, Nicholas Mann (Mendelssohn String Quartet), Daniel Phillips and Steve Tennenbaum (Orion String Quartet).
Artist International Special Presentation Award Winner (NYC – 2008), Mannes College of Music Graduate Scholarship, Aspen Music School Scholarship, Paseo Academy Scholarship (UMKC), Ovation Scholarship (UMKC), MO-ASTA finalist in 2000, Mayfield Towns Memorial Scholarship, Kodak Young Leader Award, Golden Key National Honor Society.
Solo Recitals/Solo Appearances:
Carnegie Hall Solo Recital. Numerous additional Solo Recitals. Soloist with the Bach Aria Soloists and the Grammy-Award Winning Kansas City Chorale, Appearances with orchestra include: Lament for Cello Solo and String Orchestra by Leandro Espinosa (World Premiere), Brahms Double Concerto, Haydn Cello Concerto in D Major, Saint-Saens Cello Concerto, Vivadi Double Cello Concerto. Also appeared as a vocal soloist with the Kansas City Symphony
Missouri Western State University (2013 – current), Heartland Music Academy Summer Program (2011 – current), Ottawa University (2009- 2012), UMKC Composition Workshop (guest lecturer 2011, 2012), Thailand International Composition Festival (guest lecturer, 2011), Maple Woods Community College (2010-2011). Over 17 years of private teaching experience at various locations in Kansas City and New York City.
References available upon request.