TCS: Tell us a little something fun about yourself that isn't in your bio?
BT: I'm known as "Compost Guy" in my neighborhood after piloting a compost program through my community garden when the city shut down all food scrap collection when Covid first hit.
TCS: How did you come to choose your instrument?
BT: In High School, adding viola to violin which I started at age 7.
TCS: Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music?
BT: Feeling something missing in my life, a more creative and collaborative calling.
TCS: What has been your proudest moment or moments in music so far?
BT: It's tie between standing on stage and performing for friends, family and peers and watching my students perform the music they've worked on all semester.
TCS: What have been the biggest challenges of your career so far?
BT: Working through performance anxiety to fearlessly share the music I love with others.
TCS: When was your first TCS concert? What brought you to the group?
BT: Danse Macabre among other pieces, circa October 2009. Referral by a friend but I don't remember now!
TCS: Do you have any favorite TCS memories?
BT: I tend to make new ones every concert series but among the most memorable would be our performances at Rikers.
TCS: What keeps you coming back to play with TCS?
BT: The people and the great programming.
TCS: What sets TCS apart from other orchestras?
BT: Top notch professional atmosphere yet chill and fun.
TCS: Who are your favorite musicians, past and/or present?
BT: All y’all!
TCS: What do you carry with you in your instrument case?
BT: Nail clippers.
TCS: What is your ideal day of practice?
BT: A little in the morning and some more in the afternoon.
TCS: What do you do to set yourself up for success on the day of an important performance?
BT: Good sleep, carbs, exercise, meditation and self love.
TCS: Why did you choose to perform this piece with TCS?
BT: I wanted to commission a viola solo piece by one of my favorite composers, Kamala Sankaram.
TCS: What are some things you learned while preparing?
BT: To take my time getting to know the piece. Keep coming back to it and see what else there is to say.
TCS: Did anything about the piece surprise you?
BT: An astonishingly beautiful depiction of grief.
TCS: Do you have a favorite recording of this piece?
BT: It's the premiere!