Fanfare Contributor Bio
For me, music is primarily a live and social experience, with recordings being only a secondary interest. Living in Boston, I’m surrounded by incredible concerts, and I got my start as a critic covering some of these events for blogs and occasionally for a paper or magazine. I especially value recordings that either approach the electricity of the live experience, or skew away from it in compelling ways.
Apart from writing, I’m a composer of vocal and instrumental music with performances from the Albany Symphony and the American Symphony Orchestra. I’m still under 30 years old and studied with Joan Tower and George Tsontakis at Bard College Conservatory, where I earned degrees in composition and philosophy, and I have been an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre and the Hambidge Center. I’ve also served as program book editor for ensembles including the Handel and Haydn Society and the St. Louis Symphony. My musical interests span from Monteverdi through the mid-19th century, less with the late Romantic, and then pick up again with meaningful repertoire of the 20th century and beyond.