Hometown: Québec City, Canada
Alma maters: Conservatoire de Musique de Québec, Shepherd School of Music at Rice University
Appearances: Schleswig-Holstein Orchestra Academy, 2014-15; British Isle Music Festival, 2014; American Conservatory of Fontainebleau, France, 2013; Domaine Forget Music and Dance Academy, 2005-11
What inspired you to apply to TON? My love for the orchestra and my desire to see it survive the years
Favorite piece to play: Any Hindemith piece!
Favorite obscure piece: Ligeti’s Viola Sonata
Favorite musical memory: Playing Mahler’s 8th Symphony with a thousand people on stage for the 400th anniversary of my hometown
Favorite fact about your instrument: My instrument is a cutaway viola by John Newton (Toronto, Canada), a former student of Otto Erdesz. It is also the subject of an American Viola Society’s blog article.
The thing most people don’t know about classical music is: It is the base and the ancestor of most occidental music, and it does include music for movies, TV Shows, etc. So you basically hear and listen to classical music all the time!
What recording would you take to a deserted island: Anything with old French songs. That is usually what I miss the most when travelling.
Favorite non-musical hobby or activity: YOGA! And reading. A lot.
Favorite painting: I love anything in the last period of Belgian painter René Magritte. My favorite moment while visiting Brussels was also definitely the museum dedicated to his art.
Time travel destination: Victorian England. A lot of my favorite books take place at that time, and it is fascinating to me!