I'm a member of the faculty of UdK (Universität der Künste) Berlin, and a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

I teach to spread music in the culture, and to promote the value and depth of doing things with your hands. The violin is not easy, but it offers parameters of touch and melody that are available in few other activities.

I balance my teaching on three pillars:

1) technique: how does the violin work in your hands?
2) reading: what is the piece and how is it built?
3) communication: with whom and for whom do you play?

I've also been online and virtual practice tools: an app called HarmoGnome (free) which plays chords and harmonic progressions as a metronome, and I am keeping a blog of short exercises for meditative and mindful warmup. These are meant to 1) promote conscious practising and 2) reinforce the absolute basics of coordination and sound production on a daily basis.

I'm happy to teach toward any style of playing -- I'm particularly interested in developing eclectic and genre-flexible skills for classically trained string players.

Experience & Education

  • Mahler Chamber Orchestra 2008 – Present
    First Violin (also Mandolin and Viola)
    As a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, I have performed across the world on Violin, Viola, and Mandolin.
  • Orpheus String Quartet 2007 – Present
    Second Violin
    With the Orpheus String Quartet I have performed and taught across Europe. Recently we have focused on works of lesser-known composers from the 19th and early 20th century.
  • Univesität der Künste, Berlin 2013 – Present
    Violin Instructor
    I have been teaching at UdK since 2013. I have taught many students who are themselves studying to become teachers, and given several of them instruction in jazz and improvisation techniques.
  • The Juilliard School 1995 – 1998
    M.M. Violin Performance
    At Juilliard I studied with Robert Mann and Ronald Copes, both members of the Juilliard String Quartet.
  • Harvard University 1991 – 1995
    A.B. English and American Literature
    At Harvard I studied many things which come up in musical contexts. My musical activities were centered on study with Robert Levin, who focused on historical performance practise and musical analysis in performance.
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