1. What is the most memorable part of your career?
My very first rehearsal in my first orchestral job, 38 years ago. We began with the Ravel’s Daphnis 2nd Suite and I thought NOTHING could be so magical, that I had won the world’s richest lottery.
2. Where is your favorite venue to perform?
Wherever I happen to find myself surrounded by my current woodwind section!
3. Are there other composers/artists you feel a special affinity for and whose music you like to play and record? Who are they?
My current position with Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra leaves me with a focus on core classical repertoire. We play Mozart and Beethoven particularly well and I never tire of performing that greatest of music.
4. What do you do in your spare time?
I have much expertise in the field of instrument repair and restoration and take particular pleasure in reviving older bassoons.
5. Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?
Kevin Spacey, who would appreciate the irony of playing the bassoon for a living…
6. What advice do you have for young, aspiring musicians?
Pursue music with your head and your heart.