How did you choose your instrument?
I started playing the violin at a very young age, so I do not remember choosing my instrument. However, as I grow older, I realize that I would have played the violin no matter what. Violin suits perfectly as a solo instrument, but it also sounds great as a section. I always enjoy being in orchestras as a violin player, because I have a chance to play both beautiful melodies and technically impressive passages.
What piece are you most excited to play this upcoming season?
I am most excited for our first concert with Mahler Symphony No.5. Gustav Mahler always has special energy with big sounds in his symphonies, and I am looking forward to be in an orchestra where we can hopefully give the energy to the audiences as well. This will be my first Mahler symphony, and I think this opening concert is going to be one of the best concerts I’ve played in.
What have you learned from AYS so far and what are you hoping to gain from AYS in the future?
AYS definitely provided me with great opportunities to work with Maestro Alexander Treger, and other musicians from different schools and various age groups. AYS musicians treat the orchestra as if it is a professional orchestra,and I really learned a lot just from watching other musicians in the group. In the future, I am hoping to gain a lot more experience with leadership in AYS. Being the next concertmaster for this great orchestra really puts a lot of pressure on me, but I think I will learn about how I can contribute more to the orchestra. I also hope I will grow musically, with all kinds of different ideas and interpretations from different musicians.
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