Where were you born and (if different) where did you grow up?: Born in Somerville, NJ and grew up in Tucson, AZ.
Current residence and marital status/family (including pets): My wife and I live in Troy, NY with our dog Alejandro and cats Jupiter, Eva, Lulu, Mars and Busy.
Education: Grad work with Robert Black at the Hartt School, undergrad at University of Arizona where I did composition and jazz and only touched a bow like three times.
When did you start playing with the VSO? Won the job in 2019, first gig in 2020.
Other current jobs besides VSO: Laundry list of mid-sized new/early music groups around New York City, Germany and Austria.
Favorite composers: Charles Mingus, Lena Raine.
Hobbies: Rebuilding/repairing vintage analog electronics. Speedrunning 2D platformers.
How did you get started in music? In seventh grade I desperately wanted to play in Bad Religion, so I convinced my parents to buy me an electric guitar (a 1989 candy apple red Squier II Stratocaster which I still have!).
Describe a typical day: The only constant is waking up at 6:00 a.m. to feed the cats, walk the dog and drink what is almost certainly an unhealthy amount of coffee.
Dream job if not musician: Videogame designer.
Secret ambition: A desk not covered in cat hair.
Favorite vice: I’m a fan of all of them.
People would be surprised to know that: The best-paying single day of work in music I’ve ever had was in 2012, when I pretended to play the trombone for a music video.
Best advice I ever got: “Nobody cares what you do.” – John Hodgman
Favorite way to spend an evening: If the missus offers to walk the dog that’ll pretty much do it for me.
Pet peeve: Anyone that refers to a Lamborghini as a “lambo.”
I’m most proud of: Anytime someone comments on how friendly and/or cute any one of my pets is.