Age: 26 Hometown: Los Angeles, CA School: UCLA Number of Years in AYS: 6 How did you pick your instrument? Like many violists, I was a violinist for most of my early training. I transitioned to viola around age 17 at the suggestion of my conductor at the time, Richard Rintoul (who my chair is named for). What is your favorite aspect of being a classical musician? I love orchestral playing – it’s really fulfilling to be a piece of a puzzle that can perform music much bigger than myself. What do you hope to provide your audience with through your music? I hope that I am able to present it in a way that wins over new people and is enjoyable to those who already know it.