About Trev

Photo by Kristin Elsen.

I grew up in Chapel Hill NC playing violin. From an early age music was extremely moving to me. I studied with the Suzuki Method when I was a child. I also studied my dad’s music collection: Philip Glass, Tangerine Dream, Jean-Luc Ponty, Yes, and others. When I was in middle school I started experimenting with an electric violin pickup I had begged my parents to buy, and writing my own electronic music.

Throughout middle and high school I rigorously studied violin and played lots of video games. Video game soundtracks would also become a core part of my musical identity. I also had my first outings performing violin and my own compositions for other people in public. I also performed for UNC Playmaker’s production of The Glass Menagerie in 2009.

For senior year of high school, I attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. This was an intensive period of violin study during which I built up my professional violin technique. Upon graduating, I attended Berklee College of Music, my dream school. Berklee was an incredible experience where I learned an enormous amount about violin, electronic music, Jazz improvisation, and what it meant to be a professional working musician.

Currently, I am making my career through music. I serve people however I can through playing violin. I play for gatherings of all kinds, I give music lessons, I play for music festivals, I arrange music for myself and string groups, and I play for religious services and observances.

In my personal life, I play video games and watch critically acclaimed television shows. Sometimes I can tend to be fairly gender non-conforming. A lot of these things blend together when I perform original music with my band Monarc. My music is inspired by video game soundtracks, Jazz Fusion, and Folk music.

Performing with my band Monarc. Photo by Nicole Parks. Hair and makeup by yours truly.