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Heather Bourne

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Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
Because of its beautiful tone and register. What convinced me was orchestra where I had the opportunity to play first violin, but asked to switch back to viola because in orchestra, the viola section gets to fill a harmonic role, and when we do get a melody, then it is the most wonderful thing ever.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
My goal is to make a living performing, whether it be full time in an orchestra or free lancing. I don't know why, but I've always dreamed of playing with the National Ballet of Canada.

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
I love to cook, watch movies, and when I'm on holidays, there's nothing better than a good book. I also love to travel and have done international volunteering and an exchange.

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
My favourite ensemble is the Academy of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields. They are just so incredible and every single player plays with such precision that the group produces an amazingly clear, articulate, and beautiful sound. They are amazing!

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
A lot of 19th century music over and over again for my history class.

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 have spent 2 months building houses for underprivileged families in Costa Rica.