Master’s student from Boston, USA. Completed a postgraduate diploma at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK. Has a Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience.
I first came in contact with the Malmö Academy of Music when I met professor Anders Ljungar-Chapelon who was teaching at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester as a guest professor. He encouraged me to apply to the Master’s programme at the Malmö Academy of Music. There is a self-motivated atmosphere here which I find to be very inspiring. It requires you to find other people to play with on your own, but since the school is filled with really great musicians it isn’t really a problem. I play in a trio, together with an oboe and a cello. We play chamber music at weddings and other functions. This fall I’ve also been working on a project with strings, winds and piano. We will perform a concert of works by J N Hummel. Working with others raises your own level of playing and musicianship, and it is great when we get coached by our professors.
Music in a context
One thing I’ve learned during my time in Malmö is how to teach myself, which is what I will need to be able to do when I’m out there in the field as a professional musician. You need to listen and find the problems and then be creative to come up with solutions. Anders Ljungart-Chapelon is such a knowledgeable teacher with an amazing way of interpreting music. Not only does he know the music written on the sheet, he also knows the history surrounding it, so it is great to study interpretation with him.