At what age and how did you choose your instrument?

I started on piano at age 11 and then violin at 13 in my junior high school orchestra since piano there was not an option.  I would have chosen the cello, but my mother said there was NO WAY she was going to "haul" that thing around for rehearsals.  So I chose VIOLA.  However, the school orchestra director told me that I was way too small, so I ended up on violin.  Shortly after high school, I went into composition, and effectively stopped playing for the most part until last year when I decided to try the viola.

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

Sample library developer (Kirk Hunter Studios).  Since I work for myself, it's not too difficult to make time.  The hard part is finding the hours to practice when I am in "work production mode".

What does chamber music mean to you?

I have always thought of "chamber music" as any piece performed by an orchestral group that is not large enough to perform in a full-sized concert hall.  Such groups may or may not include a conductor.  However, I think it is more than that.  In my limited experience, it seems that there exists more "inter-player" communication in addition to following the conductor.

What motivated you to join the VCO?

I recently met a few violinists who were already VCO members who urged me to both listen to the group live, and then contact Mr. Khan if interested in joining.  After I heard the group's performance, and hearing how great they sounded, I did just that.

Do you have any advice for young musicians?

The best way to learn something QUICKLY is to practice SLOWLY!


Updated October 2019.