In pre-pandemic life, I was a busy violinist in Boston and around New England. I am the concertmaster of the Vermont Symphony, the associate concertmaster of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the co-concertmaster of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. I also play historical period instrument music with the Handel and Haydn Society, new music with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, I play with several area chamber ensembles, and I enjoy collaborative recitals and concerto opportunities. I’ve taught at Middlebury College and the Hartt School of Music, and currently I teach violin and chamber music at Brown University (and now remotely!).
Katya is my alter ego, a slightly frustrated, violin-playing Russian loon who shares my body and some of my thoughts. She has lived with me for many, many years, probably as a result of my musical training and work life with so many deeply beloved Slavic folks. Originally I let her out in this form (totally new for me) because a friend requested that she make an appearance on Facebook. And she had a fun project of making Pruno—prison wine—while we were all at the beginning of our confinement. But as these crises wear on, she’s become my occasional but still loony (sometimes serious) performing voice, the one who’s not burdened by tact, for instance, while my normal performing voice is quiet.
The Pruno Saga