"Music is the inarticulate speech of the heart, which cannot be compressed into words because it is infinite." -Wagner
I began my musical journey as a young piano player. I had a natural ear and a teacher that encouraged my parents to keep me involved in music. When I got older I migrated to the guitar and joined a rock band, and before long I was the lead singer in a group that got to write its own songs and play in front of big audiences. While the band life was an amazing experience I had always dreamed of being a composer, and in my spare time, I would occasionally compose short piano pieces. In 2012 I applied to a conservatory and submitted one such piano piece for a scholarship opportunity. I was accepted and bestowed a grant based on my composition. While at university I learned the fundamentals of part writing and counterpoint and was given the chance to train under a professional composer. I learned the art of conducting and writing for strings in my last year at the college and graduated in 2015 with honors. I took the following year to further my education in orchestration, utilizing Walter Piston's book "Orchestration" to build off of what I had already learned. I studied scores from Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and, Brahms extensively.
In 2017 I completed my first work for an orchestra-Ad Victoriam. The piece was inspired by the nationalist movements in Europe that had formed in response to the immigration crisis. I believe that the Western tradition of music is a wonderful achievement and that it must be maintained. Art has the power to evoke the spirit inside of us and it is my assertion that the West is in need of some spiritual re invigoration. I'd ask that every supporter of mine, and any supporter of Western arts, do all that they can in helping to preserve this wonderful piece of culture.
Today I am committed to presenting new music to the public. In the spirit of the Western tradition, I'll continue to write works that acknowledge this great art form. At the same time, it is necessary for "Classical" music to evolve. Not like in the degenerate fashion of 20th century figures like Cage and other "modernists". The age of revolting "art" designed to confound and alienate is over. Now we must promote new music that acknowledges the beauty of tradition rather than rejecting it. We must uphold our beloved culture and never sever the connection to our European roots. We artists must adapt to a modern audience while staying true to the Western musical tradition. This is my calling. My hope is that this music, while just a small contribution to an expansive art, will inspire us all to reach new heights. And by the grace of God, let it be so.