Name: Sania Derevianko-Whitaker
Hometown: Tel Aviv, Israel
At what age did you begin playing your instrument? 5 1/2
Who have been your greatest musical influences? My parents (professional pianists) and my grandfather (David Oistrakh's assistant in Moscow).
Who are your favorite composers? Brahms, Mahler, Shostakovich.
What career path would you have taken had you not chosen music? In the past, I would say, "I can't see myself as anything else but a musician." But lately, orchestra manager, any music group manager, or website designer.
What's currently playing on your iPod or CD player? Mostly non-classical music.
Your hobbies and interests: Cooking, family, community volunteering, high school and youth lacrosse, web site design.
Some little-known, yet interesting facts about you: I am the "team Mom" of the Golden Gate HS Lacrosse team (although I don't have any kids attending that school anymore), and I am on the board of the Collier County Lacrosse Association (CCLA), which is the youth lacrosse league. Also, I am looking to get involved with an organization that is called "Laces of Love" which provides shoes to needy children ages 1-18.
Funniest concert moment: Have been a few, but one that's on my mind right now is a Sunday afternoon pops with Michael Krajewski dancing to You Can't Stop the Beat.
Your favorite part about playing in the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra: Our incredible community support, and the people we work with.