Q. Why did you start playing music?
My mom thought it would be a good idea for me to start music because
she is a musician herself and had a great experience playing. She
started me on piano at four years old, and I really enjoyed it. When I
started kindergarten, I was introduced to the violin via Music House,
which was a program that came to my school every week to teach music to
kids. I really loved the violin so I asked my mom if I could start.
Q. What do you find unique about piano and violin?
Piano and violin are very different from each other. Violin is a
string instrument, and piano is a percussive instrument. It's hard to
make piano expressive because you don't have bow strokes or vibrato to
change up the sound. However, on piano, you don't have to worry as much
about intonation as you do on the violin. When you play violin, you can
be horrendously out of tune. Violin and piano are two completely
different and beautiful instruments, and I'm glad I play both of them.
Q. If you had to pick either piano or violin, which would you choose?
People ask me this all the time. I really like them both equally. I
like the classical repertoire for piano better, but I really enjoy the
different styles you can play on the violin.
Q. How did you become interested in performing so many different types of music?
I started off by playing classical music, and I've really learned to
love it. When I was about 12 years old, my mother decided to immerse me
in different styles such as Irish, classical and jazz. I was reluctant
at first, but I am so glad I started because now I can't get enough of
it. After that, I started finding styles on my own, such as blues, soul
and hip-hop, which my band is heavily influenced by.
Q. What's it like to play with your mom?
I really enjoy it. When I play music with my mom I get a feeling of
what it's like to make a living as a musician. I think we work really
well together, and she really knows how to help me out with
improvisation and the overall feel of a jazz tune. It's an awesome
Q. Do you also perform with your sister Delaney?
I've played a couple piano duets with my sister. I've tried to teach
her jazz chords so I can play violin with her. Hopefully we'll play
together soon because she is getting really good at piano.
Q. What do you hope to do with music one day?
I would like to double major in music and medicine (if that's
possible), and I would like to continue doing chamber music. This summer I
went to a camp that specialized in chamber music, and it was an amazing
experience. There's an extensive repertoire of chamber music available
for violin and piano.
Q. How did you start writing music?
I don't compose classical pieces. Nowadays I try to write music for
my band or just for myself. When I was about 12 years old my mom told
me I should start writing music to see if I could do it. I wrote my
first real song on guitar when I was 14, and I've been doing it ever
since. So far I've written about 20 songs on piano and guitar.
Q. Do you have a favorite piece or composer?
My favorite composer is Mendelssohn because he writes a lot of
beautiful and passionate pieces, especially chamber pieces. I was first
introduced to him when I played a movement of the Mendelssohn Concerto
No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25. It was and still is my favorite piece. At my
chamber camp we played a piano trio by Mendelssohn, and it was so
Q. How would you describe your experience at the CMD?
It has been very nice. I used to be in the orchestra and that opened
up my eyes to the many orchestral pieces there are out there. The
teachers are all very experienced and have helped me so much. I've
learned a lot here.