At what age and how did you choose your instrument?

I began playing the violin when I was 8 years old because my older brother did, and I wanted to do what he was doing.  I was hooked from the beginning.  I love the challenge of learning to play the violin, and enjoy connecting with people through music.  

What is your full-time profession and how do you balance it with other commitments?

I am a doctor and my specialty is Radiology.  At different points during my medical training, I had more or less time to play the violin, though was always able to find a chamber group or orchestra to play with. I prioritized making time for music because it is a major passion and stress-reliever for me.  After I finished training and life and work settled into a routine, I found it much easier to find time to practice and play.  

What does chamber music mean to you?

For me, chamber music means music made in an intimate setting by a small(er) group, where all voices can be heard, and there are minimal barriers between the musicians and the audience.  

What motivated you to join the VCO?

When I moved to LA, I hoped to find a non-professional orchestra of like-minded people who played at a high level with a positive attitude.  A friend of mind introduced me to the VCO and Zain, and I thought it was a nice fit.  Zain sets a great tone for the group.  

Do you have any advice for young musicians?

Most people who learn an instrument when they are young will not make a career of it.  But, you don't need to be a professional musician in order to continue developing your skills and exploring music for the rest of your life.  If you love to play, you will find opportunities to integrate music into your life.

Updated August 2019