This is your seventh season performing with Orion. What do you find most enjoyable about performing with the ensemble?
I have played a lot of chamber music with the usual configurations of string quartet and piano trio. With the Orion Ensemble I have had the opportunity to learn and perform chamber works outside the typical chamber music repertoire. It has been my experience that the music-making of this ensemble brings standard and rarely performed repertoire equally to the highest level.
What have been some highlights of this past Orion season?
Orion has fantastic programming so I would have to say that every program is a highlight. If I have to choose something specific, it has been a very new experience for me to play clarinet, viola and piano trios. We performed two works this season: one by Nancy Van de Vate and one by Alfred Uhl.
What are you looking particularly forward to on the final program in May?
In addition to the trio by Alfred Uhl, of course everybody loves one of the biggest pieces in chamber music: the piano quintet by Brahms. No matter how many times I play or listen to this work, it always inspires and gives joy and great energy.
What else is coming up for you musically?
I have recorded the Sonatas for viola and piano by Brahms with pianist Christopher Harding. They are soon to be released on iTunes and YouTube.