About Me

Solo Violinist

I’m classically trained, though ever since I could read a note of music, I’ve played both the Celtic tunes and the Eastern European ones that I hold near and dear to my heart. After years of playing in bands I now gig with bands by choice, but play mainly solo.

Music is the sound of my heart, but it’s not the only thing I do, thus the lengthy time span between when I last put out an actual recording and now. Still, I have almost a full recording’s worth of tunes waiting to be set down with one of my favorite engineer and guitarist/many-other-istruments-as-well, Jim Soldi, a great I count among my good friends!

In the current environment of course there are no actual Renaissance Faires happening, but when there are, you will sometimes be able to find me playing in the Guild Yard of my Guild, Laughing Dragon. Otherwise, stay tuned for more info! 

My Story

How I Got Started

The way I’ve heard the story, my mom sat me down at a piano around 3 years old and started teaching me to play her main instrument then. She’s the one that started me on the violin, and the reason I wanted to play violin was because my brother played.

The first time I remember seeing or hearing him play we were traveling on my dad’s sabbatical throughout Europe, and I do know that I pointed to Greg while he was practicing and said “I want to play that!” Well, there was nothing they could do until we were home, but my brother made me a little violin and bow out of layers of newspaper to tide me over until we got home. I was 6 when I started.

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”


"Music is an outburst of the soul.”

Frederick Delius

"Music can change the world"

Ludwig van Beethoven

What I Do

Solo Violin, sometimes with other musicians

I tend to play the Irish and Scottish music the most, along with some Eastern European tunes mixed in. I add the most popular and recognizable of the classical tunes when desired, and some that I just love because I love them. When I play with the Storytellers of San Diego I add a lot of improv to the stories/storytellers that want such, and I still have other musicians that I collaborate with as gigs occur, depending, even those that moved to Austin (Zeph and Zoe I miss you terribly!).
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