What's the first thing you ask when you meet a harpsichord builder? In my experience, the most common question is: how did you wind up in such an odd field? For me, the answer is: in a very roundabout way. I started out as a trombonist, then worked as a software engineer, and now I make harpsichords. I've been interested in early keyboard instruments ever since, as a young piano student, I discovered to my astonishment that J.S. Bach did not in fact write for the piano, but for the harpsichord. I first played one in college, and I built my first one from a kit in 2006.

I spent three years as an apprentice in the studio of Kevin Fryer, then set up my own shop in Palo Alto. I've built three instruments on my own so far, two Flemish singles and one French double.