New York, New York (born in Fort Collins, Colorado)
I joined New York Road Runners a few years ago and started running regularly. It has become a real passion of mine.
Performing in public on the drums at age six or seven with my father
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
I usually end up listening to a style that’s a polar opposite of what I happen to be playing that day. I have a wide variety of music on my iPod—some current rock, ‘70s and ‘80s rock, big band, Maynard Ferguson, and of course classical music.
Plainview, Long Island, but I feel like my hometown is New York City.
The corner where Commerce Street and Barrow Street intersect in the West Village. It’s quaint and charming and reminds me of the cobblestone streets of Europe.
The Frick Collection
Symphony No. 29 in A major
Symphony No. 40 in G minor
Benson, North Carolina
When I was a kid, I remember watching CBS News special reports and hearing Copland’s Appalachian Spring. I thought, “God! That music is so beautiful! How can I be a part of that?”
I’m sort of an old-school rock and roll guy: Sting, Alison Krauss, James Taylor, Eric Clapton, k.d. lang, Joni Mitchell, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. And I love Bruno Mars! He does such neat, creative stuff.
Cincinnati, Ohio (born in Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Hanging out with my husband and kids—playing card and board games, reading books, getting out to the park
New York, New York
Cooking for myself and my foodie friends, and hiking with my dog—my Border collie is an awesome hiking buddy.
New York, New York
Poets House in Battery Park City
Schenectady, New York
The summer of 1985 when our daughter was born. This is one of the happiest days of my life. I have always considered my daughter to be a Mostly Mozart baby.
Ardsley, New York (born in Plainview, New York)
Cooking for my family
There are too many to name, but the late piano concertos, the operas, and the wind serenades are all big favorites.
Clifton, New Jersey
Spending time with my family
Symphony No. 36 in C major (“Linz”) and Symphony No. 40 in G minor
I was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but my father was born in Brooklyn.
Quintet for clarinet and strings in A major, K.581
Does getting dressed count?
Ramat Gan, Israel
Playing a master class for Josef Gingold at age 10. I played Mozart’s “Adelaide” Concerto. Gingold gave every person who finished playing one piece of chocolate. I got three!
A mix of lots of things, but right now I’m listening to Natalie Merchant, Iron and Wine, and early music played by my former teacher, Stanley Ritchie.
At age three, when I started learning the violin, I first had to learn to hold one correctly by using a “practice” violin, which was a Cream of Wheat box with a ruler taped to it. I was really excited when I finally got to graduate to a real violin!
Princeton, New Jersey (born in Brooklyn, New York)
Playing mini-golf, eating pizza, and watching movies with my nine-year-old son…not necessarily all at the same time
Queens, New York
I have so many favorite Mozart pieces. But I would say in the symphonic repertoire it is the “Jupiter” Symphony. When we begin the opening of the first movement I am so thrilled because I have another opportunity to be in the middle of the music coming to life off the page. When we begin the last movement I feel exuberant just to be alive.
New York, New York
My home filled with family members
The Star Wars soundtrack absolutely blew my mind as a kid.
Newport News, Virginia
Since I have retired from playing softball (mostly), I watch baseball (let’s go Mets!), Star Trek (TOS and DS-9), Star Wars, and a video of my No. 4 son’s performance of The Nutcracker.
East Providence, Rhode Island
Golf, golf, and golf!
Pequannock, New Jersey
Seeing a performance of The Magic Flute as a child
Before each concert, I check the timpani heads and arrange my mallets.
Brooklyn, New York
Lower East Side
Symphony No. 41 in C major (“Jupiter”)
Hearing Ravel’s Alborada del gracioso performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Meadow Brook Music Festival with my parents. Listening to Charles Sirard, the DSO’s principal bassoon, play the solo in that piece inspired me to play the bassoon.
Fargo, North Dakota
I grew up in New Jersey (shh, don’t tell anyone) but fled to NYC when I was 17. I’ve been a proud New Yorker ever since!
My favorite place in New York is my apartment, because residing there is my adopted dog, who has made my apartment a true home.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
I like to arrive early and warm up in my car after I have found a parking spot. I also like to eat a banana before a concert!
Currently Yonkers, New York
During a reception in the lobby of Avery Fisher Hall, our guest choir from Europe broke into spontaneous song…magical!
Gardening, gardening, and gardening