Hometown: Woodbury, Minn.
Piece: Pablo de Sarasate — Zigeunerweisen
Why did you choose this piece?
I selected Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen because of the interesting techniques and wide-range of emotions portrayed. It is a great contrast from most repertoire I have played. As a result, it helped me improve my musicality. It was fun to experiment with phrasing in the beginning and middle of the piece which are meant to feel improvisational. The allegro section is an exciting and surprising way to end the piece and equally exciting to play.