In this week’s edition of Fellow Fridays, we speak with violinist Daniel Fuchs. A Fellow in the 2014 & 2015 Academy, Daniel has been working in Montreal as a freelance chamber and orchestral musician, with the long term goal of one day forming his own quartet. In the immediate future, Daniel is heading out east to Memorial University in order to complete his Masters degree.
We recently spoke with Daniel about his experience in the TSM Academy, how he started playing the violin, and his favourite recording collection of Bach Sonatas.
1. How old were you when you started studying music? What were some of your early influences?
I was five when I started studying music. I started with the piano and shifted my focus to the violin at the age of 8. My earliest influences were Klezmer records that my mom used to play for us and concerts of classical music that I heard at a music camp I attended north of Montreal called CAMMAC.
2. What was your experience like in the Toronto Summer Music Academy?
It was a great opportunity to meet fellow musicians and learn a lot of repertoire! It was extremely challenging, but equally rewarding. It’s great to be immersed in so much music and perform for such supportive audiences.
3. What did you find to be the most valuable from your studies at the Toronto Summer Music Academy?
The numerous performance opportunities alongside amazing mentors. There’s no better way to learn about chamber music than to actually rehearse and perform alongside your coach.
4. Would you recommend the programs offered by the TSM to other musicians?
5. Since attending the Toronto Summer Music Academy, what have you been up to?
I have been freelancing in the Montreal area, performing in various chamber and orchestra ensembles, as well as with an ensemble called Siach Hasadeh, that performs old introspective Jewish melodies that we’ve arranged collectively as a quartet.
6. What are some of your musical goals for the future?
I would like to play more chamber music and eventually form a string quartet or piano trio of my own. I’m also going to pursue Master’s degree in the Fall with Nancy Dahn at Memorial University in Newfoundland.
7. Is there any music you’re listening to currently that you find really inspiring?
I really enjoy Chris Thile’s interpretation of the Bach Sonatas and Partitas for violin (adapted for the mandolin!)
8. Where can people learn more about you?
At my website, www.danielfuchs.ca