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Meet the musician: Yeganeh Sotudehnia 

Yeganeh’s journey with music started when she was first enrolled in Orff classes at the age of four. She began violin lessons a little over a year later, and she quickly found great joy in figuring out different melodies by ear- a pastime that she still enjoys to this day. Based in Toronto, she has earned a BFA in Music at York University, where she studied under Jacques Israelievitch and Mark Skazinetsky. Some of her orchestral and chamber experiences include playing solo with and being concertmaster of the York University Orchestra, and playing in Koffler Chamber Orchestra. She has also played in the National Youth Orchestra of Canada for the past three summers.

1. When did you start playing your instrument?
I started paying when I was 5 years old!

2. Who is your biggest musical inspiration?
I am constantly inspired by the people I work with, and all my teachers who have helped me grow into the musician I am today.

3. Who is your favourite composer?
I don’t like to pick favourites, and there are so many to choose from! But Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Sibelius, and Shostakovich would definitely be up there.

4. If you had to choose only 1 piece to listen to for the rest of your life, what piece would it be?
Again, it’s impossible to choose just one, but if I HAD to pick, I guess it would be Shostakovich

5. If you weren’t a musician, what would you be?
Probably a veterinarian, because I love animals! 

6. What are some of your non-music related pastimes/hobbies?
I enjoy thrilling activities, being in nature, and exploring new places!

7. What is your life motto?
"It is only in the heart that one can see rightly, what is essensial is invisible to the eye”. I don’t know if this counts as a motto, but this quote from the Little Prince means a lot to me.

8. What advice would you give your younger self?
Be true to yourself, and don’t let people get in the way of your positivity.

9. What piece/song can you not stand?
I can’t really think of a specific piece or song I can’t stand, but I hate playing Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik because everyone knows it, therefor it’s so exposed.

10. What is your pre-concert routine?
I like to be alone in silence to clear my head before a big concert. I find having people around me distracts me from having a focused mindset.