Q. What inspired you to pursue music as a career?
A. My parents started me with violin lessons when I was 8 to help with physical coordination. Although my parents were not musicians, music was always a part of our household. When I got a good violin teacher after my family moved to Athens, Greece, I took off and loved performing! I studied in Greece and Switzerland until I came back to the United States to go to college at Northwestern University. I started working in Chicago as a freelancer while still in school and began to take orchestral auditions. I started out in the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Grant Park Symphony in my early twenties and then went to the Milwaukee Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra. I went full circle and came back to Lyric as concertmaster.
Q. What do you like most about the CPO’s ensemble approach to creating music?
A. I like the flexibility of the musicians and the variety of programming.
Q. What new endeavors would you like to see the CPO pursue in the future?
A. I would really enjoy leading a chamber orchestra program with the CPO.