Hometown: Austin, Minn.
Piece: Max Bruch — Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 26, I. Vorspiel
Why do you love to perform?
Music has always been a part of my life. Before I started playing violin I would always sing with my dad. Some of my most favorite memories are of him and me in the kitchen singing to the soundtrack of Prince of Egypt. I also loved listening to Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev. I was always so joyful when I would listen to music. When I started playing violin I found the same joy. It was always so exhilarating to get on stage and try and show people something beautiful. I want other people to be able to experience the joy I experience from music. Performing can allow me to do this. That's why I love it.