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Mini-interview with Marie-Pier

What is your role within the Collectif de la Cité?

Cellist, CEO, customer service, getting new ideas and more!

At what age did you start learning your instrument and why did you choose it?

I began learning the cello when I started Cegep, at 17 years old. I had already been playing the violin since the age of 5. I had long been drawn to the cello and jumped at the chance to learn it when I had the option to choose a secondary instrument during my music diploma. The connection was instant! I loved the deep, warm sound, the feeling of the instrument being close to me... the sensation was incomparable.

What has been your biggest challenge in your music career?

Restarting the learning process of an instrument from the start after working on mastering the violin since childhood. The violin and the cello are two very different instruments in terms of technique, and I worked VERY hard to continue my studies in cello performance. Fortunately, I was lucky to have two caring teachers who believed in me.

What is your proudest moment as a musician to this day?

Bringing together so many wonderful musicians around the project of the Collectif de la Cité. I regularly pinch myself at the thought of working with talented, generous musicians with whom I have developed precious friendships.

What are your passions besides music?

I adore teaching, relaxing days at home with my husband and our 4 children, board games, my cat, naps, good coffee, and urban life :)

What is your biggest dream?

To continue seeing the Collectif de la Cité expand elsewhere in the world and create connections with business partners and musicians who share my values of mutual support and kindness. Also, seeing the working conditions of musicians improve is pretty high up in my list of dreams!


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