In musical terms my formative years began early, with lessons at age six and my first public performance (in a packed hall of 1400) less than two years later. Besides good teachers and devoted parents, the best education proved to be my attendance at concerts of the great artists. They fueled my passion for music, my appreciation for the quality of sound, and my awareness of their stage personalities.
In college I discovered a penchant for collaborative music, which now equals that for solo playing. Musicians love excitement, and among the most thrilling pieces I have performed are: Schumann piano works (music full of poetry), the song cycle Winterreise by Franz Schubert, the concertos and chamber music by Johannes Brahms. Music off-the-beaten-track also spurs my interest, such as works by Voříšek (on Centaur records), Szymanowski, and Lalo (on Signum). I enjoy chamber music with my faculty colleagues Deirdre and Christopher Hutton, with William Preucil (Cleveland Orchestra), and with members of the Greenville Symphony.
Between my MM at Yale and DMA at Illinois, I moved back to Berlin where I built a vibrant professional life: making live- and studio-recordings for German public radio and TV, and performing solo recitals, concertos, chamber music, and vocal music (partnering with solo strings of the Deutsche Oper to form the Berlin Piano Trio, and with soprano Janet Williams of the Staatsoper). Three years of teaching at the State Conservatory "Hanns Eisler" marked the beginning of my university career.
After two years each in Illinois and Michigan, I came to Furman in 2001. The range of experiences I brought with me has been an ideal foundation for teaching in a liberal arts setting. My musical activity is as engaged and varied as it has ever been, contributing every day to my insights as a teacher.