Meet Your 2016 Academy Fellows, Part Five!

In this week’s edition of Fellow Fridays, we feature two of the participants in the 2016 Chamber Music Institute: Boson Mo, and Meagan Turner.

Boson Mo

Boson Mo

 

1. How did you first get involved with music?

My mom really wanted me to learn the piano and the cello, so at the ripe age of 3, my mom would give me piano lessons (she played a little) after work each day.

2. Why did you want to spend part of your summer studying at the Toronto Summer Music Academy?

As a young Canadian musician, I feel like I spent a lot of my recent years studying in the U.S. Though that’s not at all a bad thing, in fact I’m very thankful for the wonderful people I get to work with in the U.S., I really wanted to re-connect with my Canadian roots. When I found out about TMS, it just seemed like all the musicians that were going to be there were people that I have wanted to learn from and work with for such a long time, so it was a very easy decision for me to spend this summer in Toronto!

3. If you could perform any piece of music in any concert hall in the world, what and where would it be?

It would probably be Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in either Carnegie Hall, or the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

4. Imagine that you weren’t pursuing a career in music –what would you be doing?

Because I am Chinese-Canadian-American, I have always been very fascinated with the multiculturalism. I have definitely thought about getting a better understanding of international diplomacy, and I feel like that would be a direction that I would be very much interested in if I were not a musician.

5. If you could have lunch with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

Confucius. What things DID he say, after all?!

Meagan Turner

Meagan Turner


1. How did you first get involved with music?

My mom was a professional pianist so I grew up surrounded by music at her concerts, listening to recordings, while she was teaching…the house was rarely quiet!  She tried to teach me piano at quite a young age to no avail, but as soon as she gave me my first violin I was hooked.

2. Why did you want to spend part of your summer studying at the Toronto Summer Music Academy?

TSMF combines 2 unique opportunities and ways to learn.  By studying chamber music itself, I feel that I learn the most as a musician, being able to collaborate with others and listening to things in different ways.  Secondly, I feel that performance is one of the best ways to learn about yourself, and the opportunities for performance with the Academy are numerous.  Plus, it’s in my hometown!  I have lived in Toronto for many years and absolutely love the city, and to be able to perform so many concerts here with peers and mentors will be a tremendous experience.

3. If you could perform any piece of music in any concert hall in the world, what and where would it be?

That’s a tough one…honestly I don’t know how to narrow it down!  There are halls worldwide I’d love to perform all sorts of music in.  As a soloist I’d love to perform the Bartok Viola Concerto with an orchestra…I think performing that doing that in Toronto would be amazing, since I’ve grown and studied here so much.  Really, though, I’d pick a string quartet.  Two of my favourites are Beethoven op 59 no 1 and op 131 – I’d love to perform those at the Lincoln Centre.  I had the privilege off seeing (most of) a Beethoven cycle there earlier this year and it would be amazing to be part of something like that.

4. Imagine that you weren’t pursuing a career in music –what would you be doing?

For a long time I was convinced that I was going to be a surgeon – I had med school ambitions even throughout the first few years of my undergrad.  Hopefully I’d be working towards that. Or travelling!

5. If you could have lunch with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

There are tons of people I’d like to talk to for so many different reasons….here are a few that come to mind.

#3 – Jacqueline Du Pre.  I really admire her playing – it speaks for itself! And I feel like she would have been an incredibly interesting and fun person to talk to.  Her or Glenn Gould, his second recording of the Goldberg Variations is one of my favourite albums to this day.

#2 – Michael Phelps.  I read this morning that he qualified for his fifth Olympics.  That’s insane!  I used to be into competitive swimming and have admired him for years.  I want to know how he does it!

#1 – Freddie Mercury.  My dad was a huge Queen fan, and I have many fond memories of listening to their records with him.  I feel like Freddie Mercury led such a colourful life and was hugely talented and imaginative.  Beyond that though he had this ability to hold an entire audience in the palm of his hand and to connect with the person sitting in the very last row…it would have been incredible to have seen him live!

 

 

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