2017 Fellow Fridays, Part One!

We are only a few weeks away from the start of our 2017 Summer Academy and in the next weeks, we will be introducing the talented young musicians attending the Chamber Music Institute and Art of Song program. In this week’s edition of Fellow Fridays, we are proud to feature baritone Adam Harris, violinist Ji Soo Choi, mezzo-soprano Evanna Lai, and pianist Geoffrey Conquer. 


Adam Harris Cropped         Ji Soo Choi Cropped         Evanna Lai Cropped         Geoffrey-Conquer Cropped

 Adam Harris, baritone             Ji Soo Choi, violin            Evanna Lai, mezzo-soprano     Geoffrey Conquer, piano 

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Adam Harris

                                                                                    Adam Harris, baritone

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

Paris. May 29, 1913. Rite of Spring premiere. Everyone loves a good riot.

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

My younger sister, Saxon, is a professional makeup artist and cosplay enthusiast. Her and I made matching outfits for Fan Expo one year and if I do say so, we were the toast of the town.

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

I’d probably still be landscaping and installing inground sprinkler systems with my family’s company. Also, singing Mozart while I ride the lawnmower.

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

Peanut butter, peanut butter, peanut butter.

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Ji Soo Choi

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1. What is your favourite music joke/pun?

“Pizzicato” with the picture of a cat wearing a pizza!

Pizzacato cat

 

 

 

 

 

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

I would probably either have become a chef – because food is life and making food is so much fun – or I would have become a sloth researcher, saving sloths in danger like a hero.

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

My pre-concert ritual is to do the silent “la-la-la” and the whispered “ah”, which are both things I learned from my Alexander Technique teacher at school.  It helps to relax my tense muscles and helps me take deep breathes.

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

I have learned how to cook for myself over this summer through Youtube videos!

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Evanna Lai

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

TSM has been such a positive experience for me in the past and I’ve had unforgettable music-making memories from it. I’d spend part of every summer here if I could!

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

I really wanted to be a painter when I was a kid, so maybe that. I still do watercolours from time to time, so it’s definitely something that’s still interests me.

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

I once co-hosted/sous-chef’d a dinner party for 17 people. The menu included parmesan crisps with crème fraîche, salmon caviar, and chives; puréed beet and leek soup topped with a dollop of sour cream, smoked white fish, dill, and a splash of sherry– served chilled; and lobster mac n’ cheese, served with greens with a homemade vinaigrette and watermelon salad garnished with jicama. This, despite my startling incompetence at certain culinary activities.

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

Salmon sashimi – 30 pieces of it.

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Geoffrey-Conquer

                                                                              Geoffrey Conquer, pianist

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

Before the concert, I usually like to wash my face and floss my teeth. Deep breathing helps me to feel calm and collected. Afterwards, I have no particular rituals, but it’s great to go out for ice cream or a drink!

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

I became a runner! It was something I never, ever thought I could do.

3. What is your favourite music joke/pun?

As a former bassoonist, I love any joke at the expense of double reeds!

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

I would hopefully be pursuing a career in scientific research or medicine.

 

 

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