A native of Philadelphia, he earned his Master’s Degree and Doctorate at the Manhattan School of Music as a student of the eminent pianist Constance Keene. During his student years, he was a prizewinner in several piano competitions including the Stravinsky Awards International and the Incontro Internazionale Giovani Pianisti.
His teaching employs a holistic approach to develop well-rounded musicianship — integrating music theory and harmony with technique and repertoire study. This approach gives his students not only a solid foundation in keyboard skills but an understanding of the universal concepts that apply to performing any type of music. A musician of remarkable versatility, the majority of his professional performing career has been in the field of opera. He has conducted operatic performances across the country and in international venues including Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes, Moscow’s International House of Music, and the Polish National Opera. His tenure as the Principal Conductor of the New York City Opera was marked by performances of a broad range of repertoire from the 18th to the 21st century, for which he garnered considerable critical acclaim.