Fiona Simon, violinist in the New York Philharmonic since 1985
I fell in love with the violin shortly before my fourth birthday, and many years on it is still the love of my life and brings me, and I hope others, great joy and satisfaction. Although my life revolves around music, I have many other interests and passions. Among these is tennis. As a late starter to tennis, I still have a childlike enthusiasm for the game and in the warmer months can be spotted frequently in Riverside Park playing with one of my tennis buddies. As a lover of all things Italian (including the language, food, wine, art, history, and countryside), I try to travel in Italy every year, preferably with my son, Michael. My life in New York includes enjoying museums, parks, restaurants, and my fellow New Yorkers, who make this city the best place to be!