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Gwendolyn Buttemer

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Hometown / ville
Victoria, BC

Age / âge


Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
I can't really remember why, but I remember waiting to get my braces off so that I could start playing the oboe. I think my father suggested it originally.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
Ultimately, my goal is simply to become the very best oboist that I can. I hope to become an orchestral musician, but I don't have any one particular orchestra in mind. Although it is important to me to work in a high-caliber environment, I care more about becoming a respected musician than about winning a particular job. Most important to me is to become an admired artist and a reliable colleague.

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
hiking, climbing mountains, cycling, backpacking, and anything that has to do with being active outside!

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
I don't have a favourite single artist, but my favourite ensemble is definitely Il Giardino Armonico.

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
I don't have an iPod!

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 was accepted to the National Circus School in Montreal as a contortionist when I was 11 (but decided not to go).