Coline Berland


Hometown: Lyon, France

Alma maters: University of Montreal, San Francisco Academy Orchestra

Photos by Matt Dine & Shaun Mader


Awards/Competitions: Winner, 2016 San Francisco Academy Orchestra Concerto Competition

What is your earliest memory of classical music? I remember listening to my mom playing the piano when I was really young. I would lay down under the piano and just listen to her while looking at the wood assemblage and her feet on the pedals.

Which composer do you feel you connect with the most? Bach. I don’t know why, but his music really feels timeless. It creates the deepest feelings and emotions with such simplicity.

What is your favorite piece of music, and why do you love it? As of right now, I love reading Haydn string quartets. They are so bubbly and fun to play.

What has been your favorite experience as a musician? One of my favorite experiences has been to play an orchestra concert as part of a huge peaceful protest to benefit the students of Quebec who were facing drastic governmental budget cuts. It made me realize how powerful music can be as a political statement.

Favorite non-classical musician: Tom Waits

If you could play another instrument, what would it be? Trombone!