Coline Berland


Hometown: Lyon, France
Alma maters: University of Montreal, San Francisco Academy Orchestra
Awards/competitions: Finalist, 2015 San Francisco Academy Orchestra Concerto Competition
Appearances: Orchestre de la Francophonie, Montréal, 2013–16
Favorite piece to play: Dvořák’s New World Symphony
Favorite obscure piece: Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht
Which composer would have had the best social media: Mozart
Favorite non-classical musician: Tom Waits
Musical guilty pleasure: Spice Girls
Best album to have on repeat: These days I really like listening to Joni Mitchell. I love her album Blue.
What recording would you take to a deserted island: Bad by Michael Jackson
Proudest accomplishment: Playing Mozart’s 5th Violin Concerto with orchestra; it was so much fun!
Favorite non-musical activity: Trying to become a better cook…and yoga.
Last book read: The Nazi and the Barber by Edgar Hilsenrath
Favorite painting: The Kiss by Gustav Klimt
Time travel destination: The 1950s