Hometown: Blaine, Minn.
Piece: Frédéric Chopin — Étude Op. 25, No. 12 "The Ocean"
Why do you love to perform?
I love performing because it allows me to give back to the community in a unique and meaningful way. It is important to me that I share the gift of classical music with others, because it truly makes the music come alive. I find that giving to others what I have been fortunate enough to receive is one of the main reasons I love being a musician. Music has such a power, that it is always worth it to be able to share with others. I hope to also foster a deeper appreciation for classical music each time I perform. It is important to me that the audience understands what a beautiful thing classical music is and how it can convey messages that even words cannot. It is this deeper connection that causes me to love each and every time I perform.