Cassie Nguyen, violin

University of Southern California

How did you choose your instrument?

My older sister was learning to play violin as well, and I decided to follow in her footsteps.

What piece are you most excited to play this upcoming season? 

It’s so hard to pick! I always love the Danny Elfman concerts because I’m a big fan of his. I’m also excited to be able to play with Valentina Lisitsa again. As far as symphonic pieces go, I’d have to say I’m most looking forward to playing either Mahler’s 5th or Shostakovich 6.

What have you learned from AYS so far and what are you hoping to gain from AYS in the future? 

AYS has exposed me to a wide variety of repertoire spanning different genres. It has been great for me to be able to play music I otherwise may never have heard. I’ve learned of some techniques that musicians may employ to establish certain sounds and emotion and hope to continue gaining more experience working with many talented musicians.

Sponsor Cassie Nguyen