In my free time, when I'm not preoccupied with raising my daughter
(1998) and two sons (2000, 2002), I play soccer and violin, both at a
high amateur level. I'm also trying to get better at the
game of go.
In 1995 I tried out for
Major League Soccer. I made it past two cuts, but wasn't invited to the national training camp. My career in academia was sealed.
I currently play on
Waterloo FC in the O-40 Premier Division of the Austin Municipal Soccer Association.
When I lived in New Jersey, I played on Livingston United in the Semi-Pro division of the Garden State Soccer League.
Definitions of common soccer
terms and governing bodies.
Ever wonder why it's called
I started playing in the Buffalo Suzuki Strings when I was 4.
At the end of high school I performed
Nigun by Bloch,
Tambourin Chinois by Krysler.
While at Carnegie Mellon, I played with the CMU Philharmonic in
Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Boston's Symphony Hall.
I play periodically as a part of
Echo at UT
Jancek's quartet No. 1 3rd and 4th movements [a second performance]: Fall 2019.
Beethoven's quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 95 (Serioso): Spring 2019.
Ravel's quartet, 2nd and 3rd movements: Fall 2018.
Schubert's quartet no. 15 (opus 161), 1st movement: Spring 2018.
Smetana's quartet no. 1
[ sound file] (2nd mov't starts at 8:15; 3rd at 14:20; 4th at 24:10): Fall 2017.
Shostakovich's quartet no. 9, 4th and 5th movements
[ sound file]: Spring 2017.
string quartet no. 132, 4th and 5th movements: Fall 2016.
Borodin's string quartet no. 2, 1st and 3rd movements
[ sound file]: Spring 2016.
Moszkowski's Suite for 2 Violins and Piano, 2nd and 4th movements
[ sound file]: Fall 2015.
Cesar Franck's Piano Quintet in F minor, 3rd movement
[ sound file]: Spring 2015.
Johannes Brahms' Piano
Quintet in F minor, 1st movement [ sound
file]: Fall 2014.
Anton Arensky's piano trio no. 1, 1st
movement: Fall 2013. 3rd and 4th movements: Spring 2014.
Antonin Dvorak's Dumky
Trio, 3rd movement: Spring 2013.
Gustav Mahler's piano
quartet in A Minor: Spring 2012.
Our rendition appeared in a short horror film in 2016 called Turn Around (I get a credit at the end, and an IMDb entry under "Soundtracks")
On April 19th, 2020, Raphael and I played
"Schindler's List" by John Williams in a holocaust memorial ceremony.
On May 4th, 2011 I played violin at the AAMAS 2011 banquet in the
Grand Hotel in Taipei.
Telemann Canonic Sonata #2,
1st movement with Soo, Joun-Huei (Stellina) on violin.
Sicilienne and Rigadoun by
Fritz Kreisler with Ho, Shiou-Joun on piano.
On April 12th, 2008 I played a solo violin recital with Brett Bachus
with links to quicktime videos of the performance (may take a while to
load), was as follows:
Kol Nidrei, Max Bruch
Sonata No. 14, W.A. Mozart
Sonata No. 3, 1st movement (Allegro)
, Johannes Brahms
3 impressions and a waltz, Leopold Godowsky
Waltz Poem No. 1 in G major
Roumanian Folk Dances
, Bela Bartok (the tape ended before the last 2 movements)