Nadia Côté always knew she would be a musician. Before taking up the French horn, she played piano, violin and viola da gamba. She studied horn in the classes of Michel Gingras in Chicoutimi and John Zirbel in Montreal, working again alongside him a few years in the OSM. Her first concert with the Orchestra dates to 1997 at Notre-Dame Basilica, and for the occasion she played a Wagnerian tuba!
Academic institutions attended: Conservatoire de musique de Chicoutimi, McGill University
First musical love: Der Rosenkavalier, Richard Strauss
Prizes and scholarships: Conseil des arts du Canada, Les amis de l’art, OSM Competition winner
Favourite composer: Richard Strauss
Favourite work: The Vier letzte Lieder, Richard Strauss
Other interests: Psychology, history, people and … her children!
If you could play another instrument, you would choose …: Viola da gamba
If you hadn’t chosen to become a musician, you would be …: A psychologist