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His parents and sisters enjoyed the Middle Eastern chicken dish he recently prepared. “That was a hit,” he says. 

Estampes. He performed in a winners’ recital at fabled Carnegie Hall and put his $500 prize in the bank.

As a first-year student in fall 2018, Plumer won Catholic University’s Concerto Competition. He played the first movement of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and repeated the performance at the spring orchestra concert.

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“Honestly, I will listen to anything,” he says. “I appreciate every type of music.”

Musical pursuits combine with his many other interests, cooking and martial arts among them, to make Plumer seem like a one-man symphony orchestra.