How did you learn to play music?
I learned to play music very young starting at age 2. My mother was a concert pianist who studied at the Royal College of Music in London. I had a lesson nearly every single day in my early childhood from her. When I was 5, I decided I wanted to learn the violin and have been playing ever since.
What's your favorite accomplishment as a musician?
I have a few - opening the Australian embassy in Berlin at a young age and touring Europe in my early teens were big highlights. However, I'm currently crossing classical with contemporary music and recently played a show in that style for Quincey Jones and Lauryn Hill. It was a huge thrill!
What should a new student get out of a first lesson?
A new student should feel enthusiastic after the first lesson and be looking forward to the next one. They should walk away with an understanding of how the instrument works instead of thinking of it as a foreign object. Students should also be inspired to take their playing to the next level!
Who would you like to take lessons from and why?
Itzhak Perlman! His sheer knowledge and love of performing are inspiring.
What has teaching taught you?
Giving lessons teaches you so much about how you play and why certain things work. It also teaches you how to work with all ages, and how everyone is his or her own person and needs to be taught differently. I believe teaching and performing go hand-in-hand for a well rounded musician.