I’ve always been interested in music, even as a young preschooler who loved to hear Handel’s Messiah play on the radio. I began my immersion into the world of music with piano lessons at age six, and soon picked up the double bass at age nine. I have been enthusiastically playing those instruments ever since - currently studying with pianist James Kung and LA Philharmonic bassist Brian Johnson. My two favorite outlets for music performance are improvising on the piano and playing in a full orchestra, and I am currently the principal bassist of the Colburn Youth Orchestra. Despite my love for playing music, a few summers ago I found my true passion—composing. The process of writing music is both invigorating and exciting for me, as I am always learning and exploring something new. Sharing my music with others brings me a fulfillment unmatched by anything else in the world. Composing has been a fundamental part of who I am for my whole life, even though I only fully realized and embraced it in the past couple years. As a third grader, I was already writing original Christmas songs to record with my siblings, and I continued to occasionally write short tunes throughout middle school. My participation in last year’s Young Composers’ Workshop was invaluable to my development as a composer. In addition in high school, I’ve been writing yearly pieces for my school orchestra to premiere, and recording several original piano works. Now as a senior in high school, I have decided that I want to spend the rest of my life doing what I love—composing—and I look forward to studying music in college!