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.”

2nd portrait | Simon Bourget, French horn

“I first picked up a trumpet at primary school in Dieppe, New Brunswick, when I was 11. One day in music class, I spotted this kind of ugly, funny-shaped case. I opened it and was filled with awe. It was so shiny! It was a French horn. I asked the teacher if I could take it home with me. At our place, I tried to play it, holding it any which way. But I decided it would be my instrument.

I began composing at about the same time and have never stopped. My Horn Concerto will be performed in March by the OM and my former professor and current section colleague Louis-Philippe Marsolais. When I compose, I always have stories in mind, especially love stories! I’m fascinated by everything that transports me into the realm of imaginary—movies, music, video games, whatever. And I’m a big gamer. I love playing video games like Zelda that tell epic tales.

All my friends say my life is a Broadway musical because I’m always singing. They’re not exactly wrong. I always have music in my head!”

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