2017 Fellow Fridays, Part Five!

We are only 6 days away from Opening Night of the 2017 Toronto Summer Music Festival!  How exciting!  In this week’s edition of Fellow Fridays, we are proud to feature soprano Sinéad White, cellist Brandon Xu, violist Jiwon Kim, and pianist Amy Seulky Lee.

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Sinead White

Sinéad White, soprano

1. Why did you want to spend part of your summer at the TSM Academy?

Sometimes I get caught up in working on repertoire that I feel that I “should learn” to be an employable singer and not on works that interest me as an artist. To have two weeks to work solely on song repertoire and really connect with the text and with our collaborators is such a gift and a reminder of why I chose to sing in the first place.

2. Aside from your musical accomplishments, what is something you’ve done that makes you proud?

When I was younger, I always dreamed of going to Paris. I definitely made my younger self proud when I decided to spend six weeks there with my childhood friend last summer and totally immersed myself in the language and culture (and macarons!) It was an incredibly fulfilling experience that I will never forget.

3. If you weren’t pursuing a career in music, what might you be doing?

It would be fun to combine my love of music with my love for coffee and open a performing arts café. My husband is also a cook so I could even make it a brunch spot. Not a bad idea actually!

4. What is your favourite music joke/pun?

My mom sent me the best “Too Hot to Handel” oven mitt – it’s my favourite kitchen item for sure.

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Brandon Xu

Brandon Xu, cello

1. Why did you want to spend part of your summer at the TSM Academy?

I’ve always admired the vibrancy and culture of Toronto, which make it a perfect setting for a diverse and exciting festival like TSM. Chamber music is one of the most rewarding forms of performance, so I was excited to have the opportunity to explore the repertoire with some truly fantastic musicians!

2. If you weren’t pursuing a career in music, what might you be doing?

I was an economics major for the first two years of my undergraduate, so if I weren’t playing music I might be pursuing the legal or finance professions. Alternatively, in a more exciting life, I have always wondered what it would like to be a chef!

3. What is your favourite music joke/pun?

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4. If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to, and why?

New York City at the turn of the 20th century, just to observe the chaos and see what has/hasn’t changed!

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Jiwon Kim

Jiwon Kim, viola

1. Who is/has been a musical inspiration in your life?

Andrés Segovia. The Art of Segovia is my all time favorite album. I grew up listening to my dad playing classical guitar. Classical guitar music has a special place in my heart. I’ve recently performed my transcription of Tárrega’s Capricho árabe and I’m planning to transcribe more guitar pieces for violin and viola.

2. Aside from your musical accomplishments, what is something you’ve done that makes you proud?

I’m very proud of my violin and viola students but I think that still counts as a musical accomplishment.

3. If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to, and why?

I’ve at times imagined going back to a time before a tragic incident happened so I could try to stop it or at least warn people to save themselves and others.

4. What is your favourite go-to food/meal?

Anything my parents make. They’re so good!

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Amy Seulky Lee, piano

1. Why did you want to spend part of your summer at the TSM Academy?

I wanted to learn from great musicians and get to know fellow musicians who share same passion as me.

2. Who is/has been a musical inspiration in your life?

Steven Philcox, my teacher.

3. Do you have any pre- and post-concert rituals?

I eat a banana and drink blueberry juice.

4. If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to, and why?

I wouldn’t want to go back in time, I would rather go to the year 2050 and see what I would be doing.

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