Significant teachers and mentors:
Dr. Robert C. White
Sir Thomas Allen
Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise:
Always find a way to love what you're playing/singing, even if you don't like the piece.
I'm a big believer in having a strong understanding of music theory. To not just know that a passage is beautiful, but to know why, is an invaluable skill for any performer.
Technique is hugely important. It gives us the freedom to express without limitation. However, it is the ability to express one's own unique voice that makes a great artist.
Professional affiliations & activities:
Soloist with The New Philharmonic, Metropolis Chamber Orchestra, The Orchestra Now, Juilliard 415, The New Juilliard Ensemble, New York Festival of Song, Opera Colorado, Ravinia Festival, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Pärnu Kontserdimaja, and Carnegie Hall. Radio/Television broadcasts on WFMT, CBC (Canada), and ERR (Estonia)
Interests outside of music:
Golf, History, Geography, Travel, Visual Art
Favorite composer or piece to play:
It's all about Beethoven. That being said, I also particularly love Schumann, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Debussy, and Messiaen.