ABOUT THE ARTIST
How long have you been with the quintet?:
Since Fall of 2017, the year of our founding!
What’s your favorite animal?:
I love all sea creatures but I think if I had to pick a favorite it would be the bottlenose dolphin! They’re so intelligent and charismatic (I had a chance to swim with one and it was amazing!).
What’s your favorite part of playing chamber music?:
My favorite part of playing chamber music is definitely the camaraderie aspect. As a group, we communicate often, make musical decisions as a team, rehearse together, and we have a mutual trust among us. I love that feeling of belonging and trust and I love that at the end of a rehearsal or performance, all of those things added up to make a beautiful product (aka the music!)
What has been your favorite performance so far with the quintet?:
We played a concert at the Washington Public Library (In Iowa) earlier this year and I loved that experience! Many of the listeners came up to us after the performance and asked us questions and were genuinely interested in our performance.
What advice do you have for a young player interested in chamber music?
My advice would be to never underestimate the power of collaboration. Whether that’s a collaboration between musicians or between colleagues or even if you feel a connection with another art form. Chamber music is about collaboration and because of that, there is no “right” way to go about it. You can perform chamber music no matter what instrument(s) your group plays, you can incorporate art and dance into your collaboration, and you can create something that is totally unique.