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Meet the concertmaster: Clare Pellerin 

Clare Pellerin began playing violin at age 5.  She has studied with Adele Armin and Laura Klurherz, and is now a student of Mayumi Seiler.  Clare studied composition and violin performance at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore and at Colgate University in upstate New York, and recently earned a Master's in Composition and Performance at York University.  She has played in the Niagara Symphony, the Toronto Sinfonietta, the Toronto Concert Orchestra, the Ontario Symphony Orchestra, and the Georgian Bay Symphony, and has performed with the Eramosa Ensemble and the Emperor String Quartet, also opening as a soloist for Romeo Scaccia's Toronto debut at the Glenn Gould Studio in 2015.

1. When did you start playing your instrument? 
When I was 5.

2. Who is your biggest musical inspiration?
My teacher, Mayumi Seiler.

3. Who is your favourite composer?
Myself. JK! :P Tots Tchaikovsky!

4. If you had to choose only 1 piece to listen to for the rest of your life, what piece would it be?
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.

5. If you weren’t a musician, what would you be?
A dancer or a political theorist.

6. What are some of your non-music related pastimes/hobbies?
Dancing, running, hiking, swimming, political theory, reading classic literature, reading and writing poetry, drawing, playing with my niece and nephew, mindlessly eating cookies, and not necessarily in that order.

7. What is your life motto?
An old Irish family motto - He conquers who conquers himself.

8. What advice would you give your younger self? 
Go to Vipassana meditation camp.

9. What piece/song can you not stand? 
Pomp and Circumstance. Also, I'm done with Penderecki's viola concerto because my Dad had it on in a loop on our way to the cottage.

10. What is your pre-concert routine? 
Warm up, coconut water or caffeine depending on the situation, and brush teeth :)