Jeff began playing the clarinet at age 12 growing up in Southern California. His inspirations were from Michelle Zukovsky of the LA Philharmonic and Mitchell Lurie at USC. His private teachers were students of these esteemed clarinetists. He went to the University of California at Davis and double majored in music ( focusing on theory, composition, conducting, and history) and biochemistry in preparation for Veterinary School.
During his 9 years at Davis, Jeff was the principal clarinet in the UCD Symphony Orchestra, the Davis Comic Opera Company, and one of the founding members of the Amadeus Trio (2 clarinets and bassoon). During his career as a veterinarian, music performance took a hiatus but in 2005, he retired from private practice, moved to Maui, and started in earnest to rekindle his love of music.
He now is a student of Andrew Lamy of the New Jersey Symphony (lessons by Skype), plays with the Baltimore Symphony Academy in June, collaborates with members of the Hawaii Symphony, plays in the Prism Trio, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Maui Classical Music Festival.
Jeff has created Halekalani, a venue for chamber music in his home, which provides Maui with opportunities to enjoy world-class performers in an intimate setting as well as providing local musicians a venue for recitals.