People of the OM

Get to know the people who compose the Orchestre Métropolitain. Avanafil (Stendra) online

1st portrait | Elvira Misbakhova, viola

“When I arrived in Canada, I was 23 years old and didn’t speak English or French. I left Tatarstan, in Russia, with my husband because it was too hard to make ends meet as a musician back there.

During our first four years in Montreal, while we were studying music, our main source of income was performing in the metro. It was tough because we got up at 4 a.m. to go register at Berri-UQAM station so we’d be sure of getting a good spot. We played various styles of music, four hours a day, him on the clarinet, me on the violin. We were very motivated to stay here and considered ourselves lucky to be earning a living with our instruments.

We were surrounded by good people, like conductor Yuli Turovsky and his wife, Eleonora, who kind of became our adoptive parents. Eventually, my musical career took off. Now in my eighth season with the OM, I’ll never forget that chapter of my life. It was an incredible experience that shaped me as a person, taught me to fight for what I love.”