I love both teaching and performing and have extensive international experience and training with each. As a cellist and arts leader, I am currently Cellist and Artistic Coordinator for the internationally-acclaimed experimental chamber ensemble Dal Niente, based in Chicago. In the past, I have performed as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (Canada), Third Coast Percussion (Chicago), Experimental Sound Studio SWR (Germany) and University of Michigan Philharmonia Orchestra. In addition to performing Classical and Contemporary Classical music, I have performed folk, rock, jazz and Latin music, and can expose multiple genres to my students if interested. Similarly, I have experience teaching improvisation, composition and music theory to students, and can do so as desired. The diversification of my teaching experience reflects the fact that I spent 7 years as a public school grades 6-12 Orchestra Director in DeKalb, Illinois.
I studied cello at the University of Michigan with Richard Aaron and Erling Blondal Bengtson between 2001-07 and won the university's Concerto Competition while there. I have also studied and performed in master classes with Anssi Karttunen (Soloist), Lucas Fels (Arditti Quartet), Hans Jorgen Jensen (Northwestern University), Aldo Parisot (Yale University), Alan Harris (Aspen Music Festival), Eric Wilson (University of British Columbia), Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi (Indiana University), Desmond Hoebig (Rice University), and Shauna Rolston (Soloist).