How did you become involved with the RPO?
I auditioned two years ago for the No.5 position in the First Violins and was given a trial – it went from there and I became an official member in 2009.
What is the best thing about being a member of the RPO?
The variety of the work is constantly stimulating; you never know what you’ll be doing next! Recently we rehearsed Lutosławski in the afternoon before going straight to a pop recording session for the evening.
What inspired you to become a musician as a child?
My elder sister played the violin and I always wanted to play too – I nagged my parents until they let me take lessons!
Who have you enjoyed working with the most whilst in the RPO?
For me our Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Charles Dutoit is a great conductor – and playing Brahms’ Violin Concerto with soloist Lisa Batiashvili and Charles Dutoit at the Montreux Festival this September was a real treat.
Where is your favourite place to perform?
Playing at Carnegie Hall, New York was a dream come true for me! Whilst I was studying at The Juilliard School all the students talked about how wonderful it was. It has a great acoustic and fantastic warm atmosphere.
What has been the most valuable piece of advice you have been given in relation to music, and who was it from?
‘Hear the sound you want to make in your head and then make sure it is that same sound that comes out when you’re playing.’ – David Takeno, acclaimed violinist and teacher.
Do you have a defining favourite moment of your musical career? What is it?
I have had many to date but playing the solo violin part in Schindler’s List with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Symphony Hall, Birmingham must be among them – a wonderful experience!
If you could learn to play another/different instrument, which would it be and why?
The harp – I love it. My parents put their feet down when I asked to learn that as well!
What was the first recording you ever bought?
Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé.
What do you listen to in your spare time?
I often listen to jazz – I love Frank Sinatra and the music from that very glamorous era!