Chantale Boivin

Chantale Boivin

Viola

Chantale Boivin was born into a family of musicians. Her father, a trombonist with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec and his ten brothers and sisters all attended the conservatory. Chantale studied in Montreal with Robert Verebes, a member of the OSM since 1959. One of her fondest memories is performing Adolphe Adam’s ballet Giselle as Principal Viola with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Her first performance with the OSM came at short notice … thirty minutes before a rehearsal of César Franck’s Symphony in D minor, she received a call asking her to show up to play with the Orchestra!

Model of instrument: Denis Cormier (Montreal) built in 1982

Hometown: Quebec City

Academic institutions attended: Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and Conservatoire de musique de Québec

Musical first love: Bruckner’s Symphony no. 4

Favourite composer: Manuel de Falla

Favourite work: The Three-Cornered Hat (Falla)

If you could play another instrument, you would choose …: A brass instrument

If you hadn’t chosen to become a musician, you would be …: An accountant