I'm a songwriter, producer, musician and DJ (performing as Luxxury or Baron von Luxxury). I moved to LA for a publishing deal a few years back and have had several of my songs appear in film, TV shows and commercials. I'm currently writing songs and producing music for a half dozen artists and finishing work on my next album.
Why he chose this profession: It's a cliché but...honestly, it chose me. Indeed I started my career in advertising and Internet marketing but realized that it wasn't what I was passionate about. Now I can't wait to wake up and make music every day. I feel very lucky to work in a creative, collaborative field. I can't believe I get to make things every day. Website.
Alexandra von der Embse is the oboist and founder of Philadelphia-based chamber group, Ensemble39. Known for their unconventional programming in non-traditional venues to build the next generation of classical music lovers, their dedication to the highest level of music making and passion for their art has garnered praise from Grammy-award winning eighth blackbird. The group met while studying at the Curtis Institute of Music. Alexandra played with the UHS Sinfonia for four years under the guidance of Doc Lamott!
Why I chose this profession: I love chamber music, and believe in the inherent worth of "classical music." There is a huge variety of music in the genre, and breaking down people's preconceptions of it is one of my favorite things! We live in an incredibly musical society, and many of our commissions are influenced by popular sounds and music. Often the hardest step is getting people in the door- and we choose our experiences and venues primarily to make our audiences comfortable enough to listen. Website.