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Brennan Van Pelt

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Hometown / ville
St. Thomas, ON

Age / âge
20

Instrument
Violin

Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
The timbre of the instrument and its expressive character appealed to me. It was also an instrument that no members of my family had played before.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I would like to become a music teacher at the high school level, although one of my greatest passions is orchestral music, and it will always be a significant part of my life.

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
I enjoy history, golf, and weightlifting.

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
Itzhak Perlman, hands down. He is one of the most expressive artists ever. The music he creates has such incredible depth and is incredibly meaningful to me. His passion for music continues to astound and amaze me constantly.

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Brahms Symphony 4 (Chicago with Carlo Guilini), Coldplay X and Y, Tchaikovsky 4 (Von-Karajan), Shostakovich Violin concerto (Vengerov), Rachmaninoff 3 (Argerich), Brahms Violin concerto (Perlman), Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto (perlman), Supertramp: Crime of the century. Muse: Black Holes and Revelations, Mahler 1, 4, 6.

What is there about you that you think people might be surprised to know? / Y a-t-il quelque chose à votre propos qui est un peu surprenant ou hors de l’ordinaire?
I used to be a competitive Olympic-style weightlifter, and still keep it up during the summer.