Music BIO

I am the former first violinist of the Aiana String Quartet, among other things. At the age of three I began work on the violin and one year later finally acknowledged my need for some help with the endeavor. My mother, Clyde Watson, taught me for the following six years until I went on to study at the New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School with Melba Sandberg and Magdalena Richter. After earning a B.A. in Graphic Design from Yale University in 2005, I continued my musical studies at Stony Brook University where I completed a Masters in Violin Performance while studying with Ani Kavafian, Pamela Frank, Phillip Setzer, Phillipe Graffin, and Soovin Kim. In 2009, I was chosen to perform the Berg Violin Concerto with the Stony Brook Symphony orchestra as a winner of the 2008/2009 Concerto Competition.  In 2008, I moved to across the country to complete an Artist’s Diploma in Chamber Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where I studied violin with two time Naumberg winner, Ian Swenson, and had the opportunity to collaborate in performance with numerous faculty members and guest artists including Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Axel Strauss, Paul Hersh, David Tanenbaum, Jennifer Culp, Jodi Levitz and Menahem Pressler. I joined the Aiana String Quartet in 2010, as first violinist. The quartet won the String Prize at the Coleman International Chamber Music Competition in 2011 and was awarded the position of Scholarship Quartet in Residence at San Diego State University.  The Quartet went on to become the Young Professional String Quartet in Residence at the Butler School of Music at UT Austin under the mentorship of the Miró Quartet. Since the Aiana String Quartet’s amicable dissolution in 2013, I have been rebalancing my energy, reconnecting with her deep calling as a musician, artist, and writer, and allowing new channels to be opened in all realms of my being. I is ecstatic to have recently launched the public entity, MOHINYA, that will continue developing as an integration of all aspects of my creative self.