My nick name is… Chris.
When not rehearsing or performing onstage with the BSO, you will most likely find me… photographing nature with my digital SLR or iphone, reading, watching movies, playing with my cat or walking in Maryland's parks with my better half.
If I had not decided to become a professional musician, I may have become a… wildlife photographer, marine biologist or a geologist.
To unwind, I listen to… classical piano and guitar, Japanese koto and Indian sitar music.
In the car I listen to… WETA.
The last book I read was… Ishmael by Daniel Quinn.
If I could spend a day with any composer, I would choose… Beethoven. He is my musical hero.
What has been an extremely positive musical experience you have had? I've been privileged to perform with many great musicians over the years. Nowadays I marvel at the fact that I've been able to make a living with a tool that was made almost completely from trees! Think about it—without trees there would be no violins. Today I give thanks to Mother Earth for providing me with all I need to create beautiful music.
What is your guilty pleasure? Chocolate. Very dark chocolate.
The craziest situation I have ever been in was when… while driving in Africa's Serengeti National Park, a small swarm of African honey bees collided into our Toyota Land Cruiser and fell inside the open top. There were at least 50 bees on the back of my shirt! Luckily our tour leader Doug, who was traveling in my vehicle that day had been a bee keeper in college. As our driver sped along at top speed to put distance between us and the rest of the swarm, Doug adroitly removed the bees from my back one by one while giving me an entomology lecture about the aggressive "Africanized" honey bees of South American origin verses the docile, true native African honey bees. I never heard a word he said—I was screaming the whole time!
Where is your favorite vacation spot? I love to visit America's National Parks and despite my close encounter with bees, I would still love to safari in Africa.
The non-musical accomplishment that I am most proud of is… working with the White Bison Association to try to help secure a permanent home for North America's largest herd of sacred white buffalo. Please visit my website to see photos of these magnificent animals. I donate 40% of my net profit from the sale of these white buffalo photos 365 days a year for this worthy cause. SWPA also sells calendars and beautiful blankets to help support the herd. Please visit my website: