Violin is your passion. It's also mine.
I spend my days and nights in concert halls, teaching studios and practice rooms, discovering and solving problems.
We all have stories to tell
My favorite part of working with violinists all over the world is hearing your stories: how you started playing the violin, how you got inspired to take it to the next level, and what challenges you've faced along the way.
Click below to read about my journey.
New York Philharmonic Audition Challenge
Have you taken my Challenge?
As First Associate Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, I've participated in scores of auditions, both as a candidate and as a committee member. So in 2015, I started the New York Philharmonic violin audition Challenge to show violinists all over the world exactly how I prepare for auditions.
Hundreds started, but only 14 finished
The 2015 Challenge ran alongside the actual New York audition, using the exact same audition material. My Challengers had to make a video for me every week, and they scored points based on those videos. Only 14 violinists completed every assignment on time. Each one of them had an incredible story to tell.
Take the Challenge at your own pace
Now you can recreate the Challenge for yourself! Simply visit the Challenge page by clicking below, and you can see exactly how I prepare for my own auditions. You can also read the stories of those who completed the Challenge in 2015.
A helping hand
If you're trying your best but still not seeing the results you want, whether in the practice room or on the concert stage, then let me offer my expertise.
My guide for daily practice
Over the years, I've seen well-intentioned and hard-working violinists waste hour after hour in the practice room. I've identified eight common mistakes these players make that stop them from realizing their potential on the violin, and I've laid them out in my free guide, "Eight Practice Mistakes".