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Meet the musician: Marie Anton

1. When did you start playing your instrument?

I started playing the violin at the ripe age of 15, a little bit later in the game than most. Perhaps the most spontaneous and best decision of my life.

2. Who is your biggest musical inspiration?

I would say the teachers who I was fortunate enough to work under.

3. Who is your favourite composer?

That’s an unfair question! That’s the equivalent of asking me which child I love more, and the answer to that is obviously Tchaikovsky. His music just tugs at my heartstrings and will always have a special place in my heart. That being said, Brahms, Bach, Sibelius and Mahler are my next favorite children.

4. If you had to choose only 1 piece to listen to for the rest of your life, what piece would it be?

If I had to pick it would be the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s 6th symphony. There are just so many emotions and colours captured within one movement.

5. If you weren’t a musician, what would you be?

I would probably be a psychologist.

6. What are some of your non-music related pastimes/hobbies?

I have an unhealthy obsession with watching documentaries. When I’m not doing that I often research reviews of restaurants around the city and I try said restaurants, basically I like to eat.

7. What is your life motto?

“This too shall pass”. This saying applies to both positive and negative events, life’s a roller-coaster. The good times will pass because there is no such thing as a constant high so it’s always good to take a step back and appreciate the good vibes. At the same time, it also good to always remind myself that the bad times shall also pass.

8. What advice would you give your younger self?

My advice to my younger self would be to not be afraid to ask for help. I grew up being shy and unwilling to ask for help even if I really needed it, as I grew older I realized that there is a lot to learn from my friends and peers that would tremendously help me grow as a musician and a person. It’s a work in progress!

9. What piece/song can you not stand? In terms of classical music, I CANNOT stand the famous people pleaser “Meditation from Thais”

10. What is your pre-concert routine?

I don’t think that I follow an actual set routine before a performance. However, before I play (especially if it’s a solo) I like to remind myself that I’ve done my absolute best in terms of preparation and to also have a good time playing because thats ultimately why I do it.