Passionate about not only sharing my music on stage and in the studio, but helping the broader string community, I am the creator and host of the popular Violin Geek Podcast and Blog, a regular contributor of string technique and practice articles for Strings and Fiddler magazines, author of Improve Your Bowing Technique, and Improve Your Violin and Viola Technique, and I created and published the world’s first comprehensive online vibrato course, Complete Vibrato Mastery.
When I'm not playing or teaching
music, I enjoy hiking to the tops of mountains and observing the creatures I come across in their natural environment, learning languages and exploring foreign cultures, savoring tea and conversation with friends, making tacos and experiencing ethnic flavors, and researching how the body and mind work, and could work more effectively and efficiently.
I thrive on teamwork and collaboration. Whether as part of a duo, a six-piece band, or an orchestra, I have learned to transition seamlessly from a soloistic approach to a supporting role. And as technical as music and playing the violin or viola can be, my goal as an artist is to surpass convey a rich landscape of emotion. I want to create an atmosphere - like a set designer but through music, whether I'm sharing original music in concert, interpreting a Classical masterwork, setting the mood for a wedding, or rousing a crowd at a Rock or Bluegrass show. I hear music as a story. Vivid imagery and deep feeling move me beyond the auditory to experience music as a form of dynamic communication with my collaborators, my audience, my students, and my inner self.