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Some little-known, yet interesting facts about you: My family is in the chocolate business. I'm a neat freak, and I hate spiders.
Funniest concert moment:During my undergrad recital at Juilliard, somehow a bag lady managed to wander into the hall from the street and began shouting and heckling me. I happened to be playing a Ned Rorem piece which is modern, however not atonal. All the same, she proceeded to very loudly and colorfully object to my performance. All I could do was focus on playing without giggling as she was (with great difficulty) ushered out.
Daily practice rituals: Coffee, stretching, scales, learn the music for the upcoming week. Break. Stretch, scales, learn the music for the month. Break. Stretch, eat, learn the music for the year... etc., etc. ...
The question you're asked most often about your instrument (and your answer): Referring to my case: "You got a machine gun in there?" My answer: "I'm not at liberty to discuss that, sir/ma'am."
Your favorite part about playing in the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra: I couldn't ask for a nicer group of people to work with; the morale is very high.