Music is an important part of my life. I started playing violin when I was 7. I got a CD of Nigel Kennedy, the British violinist who defied conventions with his modern interpretation of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. I loved it, and I studied violin for 12+ years up to university.

The conservatory was my second school – with classes, exams, teachers, and great friends. I loved playing in orchestras and chamber music groups. I played in the Stanford Symphony Orchestra for some years, incl. its 2005 tour to Australia/New Zealand. One of my all-time favorite memories was to perform at the Sydney Opera House, with my family in the audience.

Music taught me invaluable lessons. Learning to play an instrument takes many years of practice, patience, and perseverance. It develops intellectual concentration, technical skills, and emotional sensitivity. In orchestras, I learned to be part of something bigger than myself. I learned how teamwork, listening to others, and coordination are critical for success. I was inspired by conductors, visionary leaders who know how to bring out the best from individuals and get them to work together well to make a vision come to life.

Nowadays, I continue to play my violin at home. It’s part of who I am.