I’m a cellist and composer who aims to connect with audiences through the emotions and imagination of live performance. I enjoy playing both classical and popular music, and I write pieces that blend the two.
The loop pedal is a really fascinating musical tool for me, and I love performing my music for cello and loop pedal. My style draws from baroque and modernist classical music, jazz, hip hop, pop, and other genres, recombining their aspects in fresh ways.
Other compositions (for piano and/or strings and voice) have included music for recital and dance, as well arrangements for songwriters and meditation soundscapes.
Putting aside my original music, I always return to performing the classical repertoire, from baroque to contemporary. Between 2014 and 2017, I organized a concert series at the Lilypad in Cambridge, Massachusetts, “Composer Focus”. Each concert consisted of works by a single 20th century classical composer, featuring string quartets by Britten, Bartok, Shostakovich, Schnittke, and Ligeti.
Other memorable performing experiences have included concerts on baroque cello (New York Historical Society) and classical recitals with piano (The Art Complex Museum and Bruno Walter Auditorium in Lincoln Center).
I’ve also had the joy of playing with many talented songwriters and bands. Collaborators have included Mary Bichner, The Shills, Bent Knee, and others. I was also lucky enough to appear on Sirius Radio and MTV Unplugged.
Beyond performing, teaching is something that will always be really important to me, and I offer lessons in violin, viola, cello, and piano.
George Neikrug was my primary cello teacher, and John Howell Morrison, my composition teacher, and I love helping others on their musical journeys.