Looking back, it feels like I was predestined to play music. I struggle to remember my initial feeling towards it but the earliest memories are playing in front of people at church and small halls. It was later in university that I became interested and be fond of the violin. By then, we had been through a lot and become good friends.
Moving to London after my studies was a prolific moment. I had never left home before and coming to a city full of attention and tradition was exciting. Through making music with good musicians, I know that London has more input in me than anywhere else. It has enriched me to become who I wished to be as a musician.
The biggest attribute I can give is to Southbank Sinfonia. I fell into it without much control but, I never expected to have the opportunity to give back what I gained. During my time as Associate Leader, I got to experience a whole range of what it takes to be an orchestra and to help those who need it. It constantly inspires and challenges my boundaries which I find is an essential part of being an artist and I feel this is something we need, regardless of what we do.
I am grateful to be able to serve two orchestras. My musical balance is maintained at pH7 between my role at Southbank Sinfonia and the Philharmonia Orchestra. It enables me to widen my scope so I can enjoy my time with family and friends. I can troll on YouTube, go searching for good films, bowl down a few strikes and have great meals in good company. I look forward to sharing great music with you as always.
What do you love about classical music?
I like things that last. Classical music has lasted for centuries. It lasts in your mind for days and weeks. It is limitless.
Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us
The music stand in my living room serves mostly as a drying rack.