Meet Your 2016 Academy Fellows, Part Four!

In this week’s edition of Fellow Fridays, we feature three of the participants in the 2016 Chamber Music Institute: Drew Comstock, Geoffrey Conquer, and Naomi Woo.

 

Drew Comstock

Drew Comstock


1. How did you first get involved with music?

I saw my cousin Reid playing the cello when I was 3 years old and thought, that’s the coolest person I
know, so that must be the coolest instrument to play! A year later my parents bought me an
instrument.

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

Being able to work side by side with some of the greatest musicians in the world, and soak up
their knowledge was the biggest draw for me and the TSM.

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

Beethoven Op. 135 in the Musikverein in Vienna

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

If I weren’t to do music, I think I’d pursue a career in engineering.

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

Pablo Casals

Geoffrey Conquer

Geoffrey Conquer

1. How did you first get involved with music?

I was born into a musical family – my mom is a singer and teacher, and my dad played saxophone – so our house was always filled with music. In the first grade I started both playing piano and singing in the Bach Children’s Chorus of Scarborough. Later, in the seventh grade, I began the bassoon and at the end of high school I was playing in the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. Although I liked bassoon and orchestra, I always continued playing piano. My three younger brothers are musicians as well.

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

I wanted to spend part of my summer at the Toronto Summer Music Academy to have the chance to work on and perform chamber music with esteemed artist mentors and other passionate young musicians. Not to mention having the opportunity to spend my summer in vibrant Toronto!

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

I would really like to perform music by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev or Scriabin in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.

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

If I were not pursuing a career in music, I would hopefully be pursuing a career in scientific research or medicine.

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

I would have lunch with Justin Trudeau.

Naomi Woo

Naomi Woo


1. How did you first get involved with music?

My parents had a small piano in the house when I was young, and I must have started asking to have lessons when I was about four years old. They eventually caved when I was five, and I’ve been making music in many different capacities ever since.

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

I really love playing chamber music, and am always excited for the chance to play with new people. It can be so intimate to make music with people, and so an intensive programme like this offers both the challenge and excitement of becoming close to a group of strangers very quickly.

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

Rite of Spring at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, to recapture the magic of its premiere!

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

In additional to my musical performance career, I’m also pursuing an academic PhD in musicology and working towards a dual career as a performer and academic!  So, I guess the most likely thing other than music for me would have been academia: possibly in comparative literature, political thought, or gender studies (which are some of the things I currently work on…).

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

So many choices!  But because I’ve just been thinking about her: Margery Kempe, 14th century English mystic, author of the first known English autobiography, and just a fascinating woman way ahead of her time.

 

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