I am the co-founder and conductor of Eureka Ensemble, with the mission to use classical music as a platform for social action and community engagement.
In addition to Eureka, I conduct the Kendall Square Orchestra as music director, the National Albanian Orchestra as guest conductor, and work with the North End Music & Performing Arts Center as music director for their annual performance of Handel's Messiah. I have also worked with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Pro Musica, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Music for Food, Harvard's River Charles Ensemble, among many other groups, professional and academic.
Off the podium, I coach chamber music at Harvard University as a music tutor and advise music organizations in Boston on artistic programming, social entrepreneurship, and audience development.
My vision is simple. Musicians have a far-reaching capacity in modern society to bring people together. When you think of an orchestra, in other words, a platform where different groups of people (in our case, violins, horns, trumpets, etc.) work together in pursuit of one common goal, you discover a powerful model for teamwork and community-building. The care, patience, courage, and generosity that a musician gives to each note they play, to their colleagues playing with them in any given musical moment, translates to how we as human beings can treat each other.
This summer (2018), I will be working with Austrian conductors Christian Schulz and Wolfgang Scheidt at the Vienna Summer Music Festival, performing with the festival orchestra, including musicians from the Vienna Symphony and Philharmonic, the Vienna Radio Orchestra, as well as musicians from local universities, and making my official opera conducting debut, giving the world premiere of Scott Joiner's new opera "Bridesmaids".
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