For as long as I remember, I wanted to play a musical instrument, but didn't have the opportunity until I was in the 7th grade, age 12. My first choice was cello, but because we didn't have a string program, I ended up playing clarinet. I didn’t choose the clarinet, I just happened to be sitting in the clarinet section when instruments were assigned. Fortunately, I liked the clarinet immediately and continued to play it ever since, except for a 10 year break during medical school and residency.
I'm a physician, board certified in Anatomic, Clinical, and Pediatric Pathology. My specialty allows me to play music on nights and weekends, but it's definitely a challenge to juggle family, medicine and music.
Chamber music is a very important part of my musical life and personal life. I'm fortunate to be married to a very talented and accomplished violinist, VCO Concertmaster Larry Kohorn. Playing chamber music together is something we enjoy doing in our free time. I am also in a woodwind quintet, which focuses on music educational school concerts.
I love the intimacy of chamber music, and the way each musician has to constantly switch between playing a solo line, a supporting part, and a unison passage. It’s an encapsulation of life.
I jumped at the chance to collaborate with my friend Zain Khan, an excellent musician who possesses business acumen, vision, and passion. Under his leadership, we have flourished into a very special ensemble, composed of accomplished musicians who play music with passion.
Don't ever stop playing your instrument!
If you want to become a professional musician, find a mentor and educate yourself about the business aspects of music.
If you don’t want to play professionally, you can still play at a high level and be musically fulfilled.
Updated September 2019
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Vicente Chamber Orchestra, 2019