SC: Some of my favorite compositions come from Beethoven and Schubert. That said, whatever piece I may be playing at any given point will be my favorite piece for the time being. In terms of performers, my hero is David Oistrak—there is something about the way in which he plays and interprets music that blows me away. And of course, one of my major mentors and idols has been Itzhak Perlman. I first joined his music camp when I was 14, and he’s been a big role model and guide ever since.
THC: What are some projects and concerts with which you are currently involved?
SC: This Friday is the Brattle Street Chamber Players concert. One of my co-presidents and friends, George Myers, is composing a piece for it—we always commission an undergraduate piece—and we are hard at work on that. The next weekend [Saturday, Nov. 18th], I will be playing the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Mozart Society Orchestra.
THC: Do you personally compose music?
SC: I am not brave enough. I think there is a certain confidence that you have to have in order to write your own music. I don’t think I have the confidence or the musical theory background to compose in the near future.
THC: Any post-graduate plans for music?
SC: I have no idea, and it’s really scary—but I love music, and I will definitely keep doing that as long as it makes me happy.