I began studying the pipe organ and piano in 2008. These lessons continued throughout high school, and during this time I also began substituting in local churches. In 2014, I was accepted into the University of Southern Maine, where I wanted to further my piano repertoire. My instructor urged me to change my instrument to harpsichord due to my playing style. In 2015, my major was changed to music composition, and my primary instrument was changed to harpsichord. I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in 2018.
Where are you based?
How long have you been making music?
I’ve been involved in music since 2008, but only serisouly composing since 2014.
What genre would you consider your music to be?
I’d consider my music to be Baroque, but it has a few flaws and faults, and it needs fixing.
What inspired you to pursue a career in music?
At first, I was inspired by Hans Zimmer’s music from ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.’ Seeing Davy Jones got me interested in the pipe organ, and then the pipe organ introduced me to Bach, who was my gateway to the rest of the Baroque era. Growing up, though, I always heard snippets of Vivaldi or Albinoni on the radio, thanks to my parents. But once I hit the right age, Baroque music affected me deeply and I knew what I wanted to dedicate the rest of my life to.
What are your biggest musical influences?
Composers? Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Zelenka, and Lully are probably my top composers. My teachers and instructors too have been wonderful, patient, and supportive. My parents were also very encouraging of my artistic and creative passions.
Are you signed to a label or are you an independent artist?
What have been the biggest challenges in your music career?
Struggling with mental health has been a challenge. Also balancing real-life with my passion–this too has been an obstacle. College overall was different than I expected, and I went through a lot of burnout, but in the end I graduated and currently all is well. But it’s difficult when times are tough to think that one day things will be better.
How many songs or albums have you released to date?
Good question. I think I have close to 400 youtube videos out, but some of those contain already-released music.
Can you tell us a few things about your latest release?
Aside from the previously-linked sonata above (which explores late Baroque/very early classical-style writing) I have not been writing much music. It took me all of last year to complete and eight-movement suite for unspecified instrumentation, which I wrote almost entirely at the keyboard.
Any plans for new music or upcoming projects we should know about?
Nothing for upcoming music, but I hope you enjoy my latest suite, which I hope to learn and perform soon enough: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzPWTANl5RUtMQxZYbHLebhavkJO9VhlN