2015 was certainly a year of both uncertainties and surprises alike.
In February, I won first prize of the Ann Arbor Society for Musical Arts' Young Artist Competition, granting me a sponsored solo recital in November. I performed my final Masters recital in Ann Arbor in March, completing my Master of Music under Anthony Elliott from the University of Michigan in Cello Performance. In May, I served on faculty both at PhoenixPhest! and the Ann Arbor Area Piano Teacher's Guild's Piano Chamber Music program. In July, I attended the Miami Summer Music Festival where I was a winner of the concerto competition and performed the first movement of the Schumann Cello Concerto under the baton of Grzegorz Nowak. I also collaborated with Andrés Cárdenes (former concertmaster of Pittsburgh Symphony), Gary Levinson (concertmaster of Dallas Symphony), Yuriy Bekker (concertmaster of Charleston Symphony), Michael Klotz (violist of Amernet Quartet), and Brian Thornton (cellist of Cleveland Orchestra) to perform the Mendelssohn Octet in the presence of violin-legend Ida Haendal. After the success of the festival, I spontaneously moved to Miami Beach, FL in September to pursue my newly-formed Wynwood Trio with Siobhan Cronin and Caroline Buse. In October, I began performing with the Miami Symphony Orchestra as co-principal cellist. I collaborated with composer, Emmanuel Berrido, during the composition of his work Asterism for solo cello for its November premiere for my prize recital in Ann Arbor, MI. I ended the year as I started it -- on a leg of Trans-Siberian Orchestra concerts across the country. I'm excited to see what comes next in the new year!