I started teaching violin in 1980. This journey has been one of the most rewarding imaginable. Having both the honor and the responsibility of sharing my experience in music and violin playing is something that I take seriously.
My teaching style combines tradition and innovation. I've accumulated a wealth of techniques and tactics that I use according to each student's needs, designing lessons that best support goals. I do not believe in attachment or devotion to any single, traditional method. Students' goals and needs vary too much for this, and no single method offers all of the answers.
My primary goal is to help my students to become superlatively competent and confident violinists, while inspiring them to become shameless artists and real human beings.
I accept students of all levels, from about age seven through adult. My students have become outstanding amateurs as well as first-rate professional performers. I have no accomplishment expectations. My only requirement is that my students have the commitment to devote as much time to practicing as it takes to achieve rewarding results.
My teaching has not been limited to private lessons. I've been a frequent chamber music coach, guest clinician, artist in residence, and student orchestra conductor. In 2011 I accepted an appointment as director of strings at Marin School of the Arts.
During the years that I've taught, I've also performed as an orchestra musician, chamber player, and soloist. Some of my former positions include Concertmaster of the Cape Cod Symphony, Concertmaster of the Oregon Mozart Players, Concertmaster of Portland's Columbia Symphony, and member of the resident string quartet at Oregon State University. I've had the privilege of performing at some of the most inspiring venues on the continent, including the White House.
My teachers have included Erick Friedman, Burton Kaplan, Roger Shermont, and Pierre d'Archambeau.