With the orchestra since: 1981
Hometown: Wichita, Kan.
Education: Northern Illinois University, the Hartt School of Music, with additional studies at Indiana University, Cleveland Institute of Music, Arizona State University, Aspen Music Festival
Age I started studying my instrument: 8
Favorite date night place to eat out: Shell's Seafood Restaurant
Last book I read was: Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa (a samurai novel)
My iPod's usually playing: jazz
Dream vacation: Spain
Rays, Bucs or Lightning? Lightning
I'm an expert at: Frisbee
But I'm really lousy at: golf
Career path if I hadn't chosen music: history
The question you're asked most often about your instrument: How much is your cello worth? $120,000.
Some little-known, yet interesting, fact about me: I was good at water skiing the very first time I tried.