I began composing at age 15 after listening to and falling in love with Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Early on, my musical style was heavily influenced by Vivaldi, Mozart and Mendelssohn; later by Rachmaninoff, Dvorák and Bach; and finally settled on the Impressionists: Debussy, Ravel and Sibelius. I've written for everything but chamber (string quartets are hard work) and love solo piano the best. As a musician, I play the piano and viola, and you will forgive me if I give precedence to the viola section in my orchestral works.
Stylistically, my music is "Impressionistic" with just enough lyricism to flirt with Romanticism. I strongly dislike sudden orchestral outbursts or sustained dramatic passages, so you'll find my works have an ebb-and-flow feeling to them. I like the Lydian mode (and augmented fourths in general) and try to use alternative harmonies wherever possible to make my works sound more exotic and unique. I also like the dim7 chord family and you'll hear that a lot in my works, as well.
My goal is to have my stuff performed by a symphony orchestra (or orchestras), and it would also be nice to be commissioned as a filmscore writer. However, music is not my vocation so I'm focusing right now on networking in the musical community, getting my name out there, and so forth.
It's a pleasure to be a part of the YC community and I look forward to meeting many of you here!