I have two careers: music and photography.
In music, I studied piano at The Juilliard School, starting at age eight in the Preparatory Division, and later earning degrees from Juilliard, studying with Sasha Gorodnitzki and Rosina Lhévinne. I won the Kosciuszko Foundation's Chopin Prize and the Morris Loeb Prize from Juilliard. I gave solo recitals, played a concerto with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and then accompanied many recitals of Kyung-Wha Chung, Yo-Yo Ma (including his New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall), Renata Tebaldi, and Jon Vickers, among others. With Vickers, I toured in Canada and the United States, and there is a commercial recording (VAI) of us performing Schubert's Die Winterreise. I returned to the piano in 2008 after many years, and have begun performing in public again. You can click to see a video of me playing Málaga, from Iberia by Albéniz, in 2009. Then, in 2011 I was able to make a recording of the entire Iberia, which you can find at my Pianist website.
In photography, I started in the 1970's as a hobbyist, and to afford the equipment I needed I started taking jobs, mostly photographing art objects. I taught myself technical skills from many books, and learned composition from books and from studying famous photographs and art. Eventually I gravitated to portraiture, which I love because it adds elements of psychology and intuition, and lets me get to know many more people than I would otherwise. Groups (trios, quartets, etc.) are especially fun because people are reacting to each other in a session, as well as to me.
I've had photos published in Time, Life, Newsweek and People magazines, and many photos in the New York Times Arts & Leisure section over the years. Artists I've photographed for posters, LP and CD covers include Peter Schickele, Rob Kapilow, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Elly Ameling, Isaac Stern, Rudolf Serkin, Peter Serkin, Carol Wincenc, and Seiji Ozawa. For many years I have done portrait and event photography for The Juilliard School and other arts organizations.
In 1979 I started taking close-up photos of musical instruments, and this resulted in a children's book, The Violin Close Up, and other collections of images, some of which are on this website, and some of which are on gift items for sale at the Juilliard Store in New York's Lincoln Center.