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Benjamin CrimName: Benjamin Crim
Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
Instrument: Viola
Years in MSO: 3 Years

What was the first instrument you learned to play?
I started on the piano when I was very young, but quit before middle school. That is when I began to learn the violin.


If we were going to look in your CD player right now, what CD would more than likely be in there?
I no longer have a CD player, but my number on played album in iTunes is Shostakovich: The Jazz Album. If you have never heard it I would highly recommend giving it a listen.


If you had the ability to go back in time and meet any composer, who would it be?
I suppose I would like to go back to meet Shostakovich and listen to him conduct his jazz album.


What advice would you give a beginning player of your instrument?
Don't listen to other string players. Without the violas, the orchestra would be incomplete.

(Featured in the March 10, 2013, program.)