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BM Manhattan School of Music, Trumpet Performance. studies with Mark Gould and Robert Sullivan Other Studies at Conservatorium van Amsterdam and Purchase College
Have toured and performed in over 25 countries and 48 states at major concert halls across the world including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, Tonhalle Zurich, Beijing Concert Hall, Denver's own Ellie Caulkins Opera House and more.
Has performed under the baton of James Levine, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Jaarvi, Valeri Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, and others as a former member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra (Switzerland) and as an active NYC freelance musician.
Has performed on Broadway productions of Billy Elliot and Chicago and touring productions of Chita Rivera: A Dancer's Life, Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, and Come Fly Away (the music of Frank Sinatra).
Has recently released a solo indie rock record under the moniker, Hudson Hank, which was produced by Guy Berryman of Coldplay
I'm a hardworking, patient teacher hailing from NYC. Born to a family of working musicians, I received a pedigree that led me to major in performance at the Manhattan School of Music (BM 2004) and launched an exciting career that has taken me to major concert halls and performance venues across the world in a variety of genres. Trumpet aside, I have also worked on the production side as an arranger/orchestrator, producer and studio musician for rock n roll and indie music, having worked with smaller regional acts to major label recording artists. I currently run a small independent record label of my own and am an avid softball player and baseball fan.
I have been teaching privately since 2002 and truly enjoy learning and talking about music WITH the student. It is a universal language that we use to express what we cannot convey with words, and every student has their own voice and new perspective. It is my job to help each student at their own pace and guide them toward consistent progress and personal satisfaction. Not every student has big plans to be the next super star, but no matter the pace, music should be fun at all levels! That being said, progress is normally commensurate with practice :)
Depending on age and ability, I tend to balance pedagogy and technical training with ear training and music that suits the interest of the student. For younger and the more beginner, I'll place more emphasis on having fun and generating interest. As interest and progress grow, I'll gradually shift the balance appropriately. For the very beginning band student, I'll accent their school curriculum and eventually move on to more standard method books like the Arban's or the Vizzutti method as they advance. For fun, I will generally transcribe a student's favorite melody (non-genre specific) or work on basic improvisation.
Music provides excellent exercize for the mind, and I strive to give fun and challenging workouts at all levels. With a positive and relaxed attitude, music is a great way to expand anyone's mental and cultural acuity through all levels of problem solving. Helping guide students toward their goals is one of the greatest joys of being a musician and I take great pride in all of my students' successes!
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