Los Angeles, California, who started out on the piano at the age of five
and later gravitated to the oboe and pursued an impressive education with
stops at Colborn School of Performing Arts and
Idyllwild Arts Academy before pursuing his undergraduate degree from Temple
University. In 2004, he
graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Oboe Peformance.
His mentors included Jonathan Blumenfeld,
Bernard Garfield, Loren Lind, and Peter Smith.
In the spring
of 2005, he helped premiere Maurice Wright’s “Plaints and Airs”
with his sister, flautist Prema Kesselman, and pianist Brian Ciach,
at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. It subsequently was released on
been the Principal Oboe with Symphony in C since 2005. Other groups with whom he has worked
include the Academy of Vocal Arts Opera Orchestra, the Greater Trenton
Symphony, the Haddonfield Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania
Ballet, and the Philadelphia Pops.
participated in the 2006 International Trumpet Guild Conference as a member
of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in a program that comprised 20th
century works by Alexander Arutinian, Enrique Crespo, Eric Ewazen, Hamilton
Harty, and Henri Tomasi. A couple of weeks later he and his
sister performed in the orchestra for the Chilean premiere of Benjamin
Britten’s The Turn of the Screw
at Teatro Municipal de Santiago.
In 2009, he
went back to school, this time at the Curtis Institute of Music, where his
teachers were Daniel Matsukawa and Richard Woodhams. On 28th February 2010, he
helped celebrate Black History Month on WRTI-FM Temple Public Radio by
performing Adolphus Hailstork’s
“Songs of the Magi” along with The Black Pearl Chamber
In addition to
his performance itinerary, he has served as a music librarian intern for
the Philadelphia Orchestra Association and taught oboe at Friends School
Mullica Hill and the University of Pennsylvania.