She is a
violinist and teacher who has performed as a soloist,
an orchestra member and chamber musician born in Champaign, Illinois.
She took her degree studies at the University of Illinois and further studies at Houston’s Rice University.
She began playing
the violin from a very young age and made her debut, when she was just
eleven years old, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
In 1985 she
became a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and in 1988 rose to the
position of Assistant Concertmaster.
Two years later in 1990 she was a prize winner at the Tchaikovsky
Competition held in Moscow and in 1991 debuted in New York at Carnegie Hall as a solo recitalist.
In 1991 she
transferred orchestras when she joined the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as
their Acting Concertmaster for a year.
In 1994 she acted as Joint Concertmaster of the London Symphony
Orchestra for the season and she performed in that position again for the 1996
season. When she had completed her
second stint with the LSO in 1996 she returned to the Boston Symphony Orchestra
as Assistant Concertmaster. She remained with them in that position until
1998 which was around the same time that she married the Boston Pops Orchestra
conductor Keith Lockhart. They
had a son in 2003/4 but sadly separated in 2005.
chamber musician she is a founding member of the Boston Trio and Innuendo, as
well as performing with Boston University’s quartet-in-residence Muir
String Quartet. This has led to
her performing in several music festivals as well as at Houston’s Da
Camera Society and London’s Barbican Hall Chamber Series. She has also been a guest recording
musician with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players.
Aside from the
Boston Symphony Orchestra she has worked with many other orchestras that
include Graz’s Festivalorchester
in Austria as well as the Boston Pops Orchestra, Cincinnati
Chamber Orchestra, Melrose Symphony Orchestra, Moscow State Orchestra, Oklahoma
Symphony Orchestra and St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
No stranger to
the recording studio, she can be heard on albums that include John Harbison:
Simple Daylight; America, American Visions, Celtic Album, Holiday Pops and
Things: A Richard Rodgers Celebration by Boston Pops Orchestra, Words from Paterson by Boston
Symphony Chamber Players, Bright Sheng: H’Eng and Other Works
by the New York Chamber Symphony, Lyrical
Works by Claus Ogermann and the soundtrack
for Mary Reilly.
Recently she has
performed as a violinist with the BSO holding the Dorothy Q. and David B.
Arnold Jr. Chair.
In the field
of musical education she is on the faculty of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts as Associate Professor of Violin.