What year did you join the orchestra?
It was 2015 when I was still living in Portland, Oregon. My husband, Jason Fromme, has been playing violin/viola with the Phil for many years and I got invited to fly in and play as a sub for one of the Classix concerts. After that, I said yes to more concerts because I really enjoyed the people I met here and the time I spent in Reno, so much so that we moved here in 2017.
How did you pick your instrument?
There is a popular saying that every Czech is a musician; but if my best friend hadn’t started taking private piano lessons, I don’t think it would have occurred to my mom to sign me up at our local music school. The lessons were free but one had to audition to get in. Piano was the most popular class and my mother was excited when I was admitted. I hated piano from the beginning, and at the earliest opportunity switched to violin—I was four years old. My mom only found out about the switch when she came to pick me up from the piano class and I was not there. At the time, she was furious; thankfully, she got over it.
When you’re not playing with the Reno Phil, what would we most likely see you doing in your free time?
I began writing music a little over two years ago, and I can spend many hours composing—it is both exhilarating and terrifying! I have a daily yoga practice. My mom introduced me to hatha yoga when I was a kid. I kept it up because playing the violin can be very hard on the body, especially as one gets older.
What genre of music are you most excited to play?
I enjoy playing newly composed music no matter the genre, especially if it is something I need to explore for a while, something I can experiment with. When there are no recordings to live up to, instead there is the possibility of new discovery.