Describe your education: East High School in Salt Lake City | Manhattan School of Music in NYC | and University of Utah (BA)
At what age did you begin musical training? Age 10
What instrument(s) do you play / have you played? Violin, viola, cello, piano
What originally interested you in your instrument? The tragic story of Ginette Neveu’s plane going down in the Atlantic and her perishing with her Stradivarius violin.
How old is your personal instrument and who was its maker? It is the “filius Andrea” by Guarnaius from 1705. The first performance of the Beethoven violin concerto in America was performed on this instrument.
How many years have you performed with the Utah Symphony? This is the 47th season since I joined the orchestra.
With what other orchestras have you performed or do perform? Springfield, MA orchestra, San Francisco Opera, and Oakland Symphony
What has been the highlight of your career to date? Soloing with the Utah Symphony on several occasions, soloing on the Utah Arts tour for two seasons, doing a Guarneri duo with Lenny Braus, and being voted “Most Talented Musician” at the Miss America Pageant.
What has been your most embarrassing moment as a performer? I was a naive 18 year old playing at a funeral for a very prominent man when the G string on my violin broke. “I’m sorry, I broke my G string; I’ll replace it as quickly as I can,” I announced.
Where would you like to see the Utah Symphony in ten years? Able to meet its financial commitments & goals.
Where do you see yourself in ten years? Hopefully, still with Utah Symphony!
How many private students do you have? I have taught privately hundreds of students during the past 48 years.
Are you involved in any community groups, hobbies or activities? Frequent soloist for LDS Church services.