During college one of my first really exciting semi professional gigs was performing at the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in Charleston South Carolina and Spotelo Italy, where I played with the Chamber Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra, the Opera and in Chamber Music concerts. After college, I moved to New York City in my early twenties where I immediately felt in my element. I started gigging right away with some of the top music groups, including Orchestra of St. Lukes, New Orchestra of Westchester, American Composer’s Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic (where I became a tenured member) Philharmonia Virutosi, American Symphony and others as well. I worked on Broadway, eventually signing a contract with the show “Teddy and Alice,” I did commercial recordings, performed with chamber groups and performed my debut recital at Carnegie Recital Hall as a winner of Artist International.
In terms of dedication and intensity, there has been nothing equivalent to my time participating in the music scene in NYC.
After seven years working in NYC, I moved to San Francisco where I’ve worked with groups such as San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Ballet. I did a tour of Southern France with a quartet from Philharmonia Baroque and recorded premieres and performed at all the UC campuses, on tour with Empyrean Ensemble when it was called UC Davis Contemporary Music Ensemble. I was the tenured Principal Cellist of Sacramento Philharmonic for 5 years, recorded movie and CD sound tracks at Skywalker Sound and played with many other groups. But the real investment of my time and energy has gone into my productions - many of which have been Chamber Music concerts. I founded Trio Phoenix in 1993 along with violinist Kay Stern and pianist Josphine Gandalfi. We had residencies at both the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts in Mountain View California and Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco, where we did three different programs a season. We also did these programs on other concerts series in Northern California as well as other parts of the country. We performed premieres, commissioned works and put together innovative programing. During this time, Trio Phoenix was contracted to record a CD of Chamber Music by Henry Cowell through Koch International Record Company which was released with favorable reviews! Trio Phoenix also established the non profit Friends of Trio Phoenix Inc, and eventually expanded into Ensemble Phoenix, which allowed for broader repertoire possibilities.
Thus far I’ve launched two media productions: A video “Ears Wide Open” created to guide beginners into the world of classical music -including children and adults. Released with good reviews thus distributed to school and public libraries through the US and Canada. And a collaboration of acoustical cello and electronics/sound design with composer Ronald Bruce Smith and sound designer Jared Emerson Johnson titled COLLAGING. Supporting this project were grants from the American Composers Forum San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Submit Grant, The Zellerbach Family Foundation , The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Friends of Trio Phoenix Inc… The work patched together music by JS Bach, Hildegard Van Bingen and Benjamin Britten.
Summer music festivals have included, North Country Chamber Players in Franconia, New Hampshire, Colarado Music Festival and Telluride Chamber Music Festival.