Citizenship:  USA
Born in Minneapolis MN

Pianist and Conductor-  see Events Page
Minnehaha Music/ Artistic Director
Finnish Classical Music Past and Present Concert Series/ Artistic Director and Organizer
Masterworks Chorale/ Augsburg University, Minneapolis/ Accompanist
Principal Double Bassist: Marquette Symphony Orchestra, Marquette MI
Studio Piano Teacher/ Solo Accompanist and Coach

Decorated by the Ambassador of Finland to the United States in November, 2017, in Washington D.C.

Conducting and Music Direction
Collabortions: Productions and Programs
Piano Recitalist
Double Bassist
Management and Music Business

Finlandia Foundation ‘Performer of the Year’, as Pianist, in 1999
CD ‘Piano Music from Finland’, produced in 2002
American Composers Forum Grants Recipient
Finlandia Foundation Grants Recipient


Foreign Languages: German (fluent)
Some Italian and Finnish, a smattering of French


Northwestern University, Evanston IL                   Master of Music
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN            B. A. 

Additional Study:
    Mozarteum Sommerakademie in Salzburg, Austria
    Aspen Music School- Festival/ Aspen CO
    Dartmouth Congregation of the Arts/ Hanover,  NH
    ASOL Conducting Workshops: Minneapolis, St. Louis, Pittsburgh
    Berliner Dirigenten Werkstatt/ Berlin

Language Study:
     Université Laval/ Québec, Canada (French Language Study)
     University of Minnesota (Finnish Language Study)
     Braunschweig Technical University (Italian Language Study)

Other Study:
      William Mitchell College of Law/ St. Paul, MN (1984-85)


Conducting Professors:
Otmar Suitner:                    Mozarteum Sommerakademie in Salzburg (Three Summers)
                                                Former GMB Staatskapelle Dresden, GMD Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin
    Charles Bruck:                    Monteux (Domaine) Conducting School. Former conductor ORT Paris, Strasbourg Symphony
    Richard Burgin:                   Jacksonville University. 30 years Concertmaster of the Boston
                                                Symphony and Associate Conductor             

    Additional Study:                Pavle Despalj, Bernard Rubenstein, Peter Schwarz
                                               Aspen Conducting Faculty (Mester, Blomstedt, Torkanowsky), 
                                               ASOL Workshop Faculty (Daniel Lewis)
                                               Berliner Dirigenten Werkstatt (1993)

Piano Professors:
Bernhard Weiser:               Professor, University of Minnesota/ Minneapolis MN,
   James Douglas Johnson:   Private Study; then professor,  Augsburg College MN

Double Bass Professors and Teachers:
    James Clute:                     Bassist, Minnesota Orchestra and Professor, Univ. of Minnesota
    Joseph Guastafeste:         Principal Bassist, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    Warren Benfield:               Bassist, Chicago Symphony and Professor at Northwestern University
    Lucas Drew:                      Dartmouth College, then Professor at University of Florida/Coral Gables
    Stuart Sankey:                  Aspen Music School; then Professor at University of Texas at Austin

Professional Memberships
- American Composers Forum
- American Federation of Musicians/ Local 30-73
- Hanns Eisler Gesellschaft/ Berlin
- International Society of Double Bassists (ISB)
- Music Teachers National Association/ (MNTA); Master Certificaton
- Former Board Member, FinnFest USA (2005-2008)



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