Matthew Gregoire

Bassoon

Hometown: Dover, NH

Alma maters: Eastman School of Music, Yale School of Music

Photo by Matt Dine

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Appearances: Chautauqua Music Festival, 2013, 2016; Colorado College Summer Music Festival, 2017; Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, 2017; Vermont Mozart Festival, 2018

What is your earliest memory of classical music? A public television broadcast of a New York Philharmonic pops concert

When did you realize you wanted to pursue music as a career? When music became such a huge part of my everyday life that I didn’t know what I’d do without it.

What is your favorite piece of music, and why do you love it? Alan Hovhaness’ Symphony No. 2, Mysterious Mountain. As to why I love it, I can’t give any reason aside from I never tire from hearing it.

What has been your favorite experience as a musician? There is no greater experience to have as a musician than when someone has been emotionally moved or inspired by your performance. There is so much validity in knowing you have affected someone, even to have simply made them smile, because of your dedication to music.

What is some advice you would give to your younger self? Practice your third octave scales . . . and cut your hair.

Favorite non-classical musician or band: Kimbra

If you could play another instrument, what would it be? Horn or percussion

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing? Geology, archaeology, or teaching Latin

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to and why? Venice, Italy—because it’s shaped like a fish.

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us: I spent the past summer working in a greenhouse!

Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Practice is important, but always make sure to cater to hobbies and interests outside of the practice room! A balanced life is fertilizer for good musicianship.