Music was always present in my childhood. When I wouldn’t go to bed, my mother would let me play nearby while she played Chopin. My early piano lessons were at my mother’s knee (or more accurately on her lap!)
At age 4, I started violin lessons with a Suzuki teacher in Calgary. After being relocated to Quebec at age 10, I took lessons with the Societe Musicale Claude Letourneau. One of my teachers was the founder himself, well-known Quebec violin educator Mr. Claude Letourneau. From him, I learned the passion of teaching young children, and I became a student teacher for the Societe.
As a graduate of the Letourneau method, I have studied violin repertoire to a level equivalent to Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) Grade 10. I continue to enjoy learning new repertoire and I am currently working on perfecting the Mendelssohn violin concerto in E minor.
Although my primary instrument is the violin, the piano was always my first love. I have a great fondness for Chopin and Debussy, and I can often be found in my free time at the piano. I have accompanied violin students as a collaborative pianist at music festivals and RCM exams, and I have piano teacher certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music.
My fondest memory is of meeting Itzhak Perlman (and his 1714 Soil Stradivarius) backstage at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in 1999 at the NAC’s 30th anniversary concert. As an encore, he performed a duet with Pinchas Zuckerman. It was through my attempt to listen to everything Itzhak on YouTube that I discovered my latest musical interest: klezmer fiddle.
For the past 20 years, despite relocating across Canada again twice, I have passed on the love of music to a new generation of students, most recently in Brooks. At the 2019 Brooks Music Festival, my proudest moment was when one of my beginner violin students was commended by the adjudicator for his excellent sound and was chosen to perform at the Gala Concert. Quite an accomplishment for a young man who started playing only six months before!