I like taking a piece of music and making it my own. If that just means changing a dynamic or an attack on a certain note then so be it. I live for the rush I get when being up on stage during a live performance because for those few minutes, I can show people what a violin is capable of. To see them recognize the unique potential a violin has for a musical environment is one of the most rewarding ...
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I like taking a piece of music and making it my own. If that just means changing a dynamic or an attack on a certain note then so be it. I live for the rush I get when being up on stage during a live performance because for those few minutes, I can show people what a violin is capable of. To see them recognize the unique potential a violin has for a musical environment is one of the most rewarding feelings during a live performance.
I am a violinist born and raised in Houston, Texas. I currently reside in Los Angeles and am working towards a Master's degree in music at Azusa Pacific University. I received my Bachelor's of Music undergraduate degree at The Butler School of Music at The University of Texas in Austin, Texas. I have been training as a classical violinist since the age of 5 but love all styles and genres. I started fiddling when I was 8 years old and went on to compete around Texas. I then took up a passion for jazz and other genres when I was 14 and worked on my ear-training and improvisation skills as I play downtown in Houston with the Mark Dini Group as a sit in violinist. In 2006 I became part of the Brandon Thomas Band that I played with at SXSW (South by Southwest) in Austin, TX in 2007. I have also performed in orchestral tours that have traveled to Vienna, Salzburg, and Prague on orchestral tours.
My patterns as a child were strict with the classical Suzuki method. However, once I started hearing violin in other genres I became much more interested in the different possibilities a violin's sound could produce. I love fiddle, jazz, and celtic tunes because the violin is featured in these styles and have a strong influence on the overall sound. I try and incorporate the classical style and other types of technique and form into a style where those sounds aren't commonly used. I use trial and error to see which sounds fit the best into a solo or accompaniment part. Classical technique is much different to that of fiddling so to combine them can produce a really strong, technical but natural sound.
Musicians want to create their own musical footprint in the world. The music education I have received through colleges will forever be rewarding in the future and I have been truly grateful for the opportunities that have been given to me. As you move through your life, you see that the education can only go so far and that in the end, your left with just yourself and your instrument. It's how you incorporate everything into that one moment when you pick it up and start playing. That is the moment of passion and excitement that I don't see ending anytime soon.
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