My journey with classical music started when I was four: I saw a family concert with my parents and I remember straightaway that I wanted to learn an instrument. I started the piano in the same year and picked up the violin two years after. I have always enjoyed playing both instruments, however the social side of being in an orchestra helped me decide to drop the piano and focus only on the violin. I then read Music at the University of Birmingham, and completed my master's in Violin Performance at Royal Welsh College of Music. During my studies I was an active violinist, playing in numerous university orchestras, chamber ensembles, opera projects and musicals. My personal highlight would definitely be playing in CBSO Youth with Jac Van Seen, working on Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony. I had a great time experiencing the vast soundscape right at the heart of the orchestra, whilst experiencing the joy of working with other fantastic musicians.
Outside of music, I mostly spend my time watching tech videos, reading up on the latest tech trends, and catching up on various motorsports news. I also really enjoy photography in my spare time. It encourages me to slow down and be more observant to things around me. I particularly enjoy taking pictures of people, capturing their expressions and perhaps the stories they hide underneath...
What is your favourite piece of music, and why do you love it?
Hm… If I have to pick one it would have to be Mahler’s First Symphony, I first heard it live when I was working at the Philharmonia. The incredible bright colours and a great sense of journey makes it extra special, also a great piece as road trip music!
Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us?
I once managed to freeze three self-service machines in a supermarket at once. One of those things eh?