Nadia Côté

Nadia Côté

Fourth Horn

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!

Hometown: Saguenay

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