My nickname is…Eddie
When not rehearsing or performing on stage with the BSO, I spend my time…teaching, practicing, gardening, barbecuing, watching TV, exercising, reading newspapers or magazines and watching movies.
I have no idea what I would have become if I had not become a professional musician!
To unwind, I listen to…classical, show music, klezmer, some types of Pop and some jazz.
My ring tone is…just a ring.
The last book I read was…Seabiscuit.
Most people would be surprised to learn that…I’m a Baltimore Oriole and Raven fan, and I love to teach.
The biggest risk I have ever taken would be going into music as a profession. I did drag race once when I owned a Triumph GT 6, but I was young and foolish. Other than that I’ve never done anything too risky or crazy other than maybe getting married, twice no less.
My dream was…to become a professional clarinet player and teacher.
The non-musical accomplishment that I am most proud of is…my gardening and landscaping. I love my little piece of heaven; I own an acre and a half and love to keep it in pristine condition.
What is your guilty pleasure? I enjoy wine and beer, but I’m not too guilty about it because I don’t over do it.
My favorite vacation spot is…Ocean City, Maryland.
The last movie I saw was…Sicko.
Before a performance…I just make sure I’m well prepared, other than that I don’t do anything special.
If I could choose another instrument to play...it would probably be the piano.
Do you play any other instruments? Not really. I used to play saxophone, flute and a little oboe but gave it up when I was a sophomore in college to concentrate on the clarinet family.
My most embarrassing musical moment was….when I was playing a solo piece at a recital and caught my reed on my lip and broke it and had to leave the stage to replace it.
An extremely positive musical experience I have had would be…when I performed at the Eastern Music Festival for 25 summers. I had a great many fantastic musical experiences performing chamber music with some great musicians and performing all the standard clarinet concertos.
A profound musical experience that has shaped or deeply influenced my approach to music was…hearing Benny Goodman as a young boy. He was the reason I chose the clarinet as my instrument. Also, when I was a student at the Aspen Music Festival I decided to concentrate on the clarinet family and pursue an orchestral career instead of becoming a “woodwind doubler.”
If I could spend a day with any composer, I would choose….Mozart, he was the greatest genius of them all.