MEET OUR MUSICIANS - TOM LLOYD (CELLO)

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At what age and how did you choose your instrument?

At 5; we had the Casals recording of the Bach Suites at home and Suites 5 and 6 sealed the deal.

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

I’m a research director for a quantitative group at an asset manager, the Capital Group.   I see it as completely complementary to music - Capital Group is incredibly committed to our LA community. 

What does chamber music mean to you?

Chamber music has always been the thing I have gravitated to. I spent 10 years full time in a rock and roll band called the Del Fuegos, which was a (loud) quartet. There’s a magic to a smaller group making it happen, regardless of whether it’s a string quartet, a rock band, a jazz combo, or whatever ends up happening in your living room. 

What motivated you to join the VCO?

VCO is committed to making great music in a relatively small orchestra. The people, the repertoire, and the ability to work towards a sound in a great community - but, most of all it’s wicked fun. 

Do you have any advice for young musicians?

Play. Whenever you can. Have fun with it, and don’t worry - music is one of those rare things that gets better every single day. 

 

Updated September 2019