“A transformative experience on tour led a young violinist to embrace a career in classical music and start a classical music podcast,” reports Susan Lewis on Tuesday (3/26) at Philadelphia radio station WRTI. “Growing up in a musical family (both parents are musicians and his sister Alisa has a solo cello career), he played violin but wasn’t sure he wanted to make music a career, until he had an experience on tour to Panama and Guatemala with Boston’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. ‘We played for thousands of kids that had never seen a symphony orchestra before, and the light bulb went on.’ He began conducting in his late teens … and in 2011 was appointed assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic. Now, he’s leads the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra in Switzerland, guest conducts, and has created Sticky Notes: The Classical Music Podcast. The podcast is in the spirit of Leonard Bernstein. ‘I thought, if he was alive, he would be doing something with all of the technology that we have available to us now.’… Sticky Notes features interviews and stories, and covers subjects from music history to leadership issues to thought pieces… It’s all driven by a passion sparked years ago.”

Posted April 1, 2019