2017 Fellow Fridays, Part Four!

We are less than two weeks away from Opening Night of this year’s Toronto Summer Music Festival!  In this week’s edition of Fellow Fridays, we are proud to feature soprano Megan Miceli, violist Emily Eng, violinist Boson Mo, and violinist Ekaterina Manafova.

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Megan Miceli, soprano

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

I am a big fan of collaboration in music-making. I find the most rewarding musical experiences to be those that involve working together with many different people to create something special. That kind of environment, which allows you to grow and explore with others, is very inspiring to me. And that’s TSM.

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

Before the concert, I usually like to think about what goal I want to achieve during my performance. Then I say that goal to myself before I go on stage. It calms my nerves and gives my performance a new focus. After all the hours spent practicing and rehearsing, the concert is the time to just share something with the audience. And my post-concert ritual usually involves wine and sweats!!

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

For sure something in the disability field. I am very passionate about changing our current societal culture and aesthetic ‘norms’ in the way we view disability. I actively try to advocate for inclusivity, equality, and the creation of diverse communities.

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

When did they invent indoor plumping? No year before that.

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Emily Eng, viola

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

Fantastic mentors, talented and enthusiastic fellows, and an accommodating age limit! Such a delight and privilege to be in a truly collaborative chamber music festival.

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

It changes depending on the nature of the gig. Love to practice qi gong before a concert whenever possible, and often enjoy practicing my viola part again immediately post-show!

3. What is your favourite music joke/pun?

Show me a piano falling down a mine shaft, and I’ll show you A-flat minor. (Sorry – it’s in poor taste, but we’ve all heard plenty of viola jokes!)

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

I wouldn’t say ‘proud’ but nothing beats taking part in the upbringing of a happy, healthy, thriving, and compassionate 7-year-old.

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Boson Mo

Boson Mo, violin

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

I really enjoyed being part of TSM last summer. There really isn’t anything much better than playing really fantastic music with talented colleagues in the heart of Toronto, one of the great cities of this world. Working with mentors as TSM is undoubtedly one of the highlights there, I felt like I left TSM as a more complete musician, and I look forward to learning even more this summer!

2. What is your favourite music joke/pun?

Oh, I have a whole Liszt of them that I could share!

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

I’ve always been curious about what a life as a diplomat would be like.

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

1782, to ask Paganini never to learn the violin.

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Ekaterina Manafova, violin

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

I feel grateful for being able to travel a lot and explore the world.

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

2011, the first time I traveled to Colombia.

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

Caesar Salad.

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

I would work in arts management.

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