Associate Principal Flute
Instrument (s): Flute
Age you began playing: 10
Year you joined the TSO: 1985
Who or what inspired you most to play your instrument? I wanted to play the violin, but my mother said they were too expensive. Then I wanted to play the trumpet but my father said “girls don’t play brass instruments.” We compromised on the flute!
Most memorable experience performing with the TSO: The Great Gathering [This was a gala concert that took place in March 1987, a tribute to former TSO Managing Director Walter Homburger. It featured world-renowned conductors and artists, including Seiji Ozawa, Andrew Davis, Victor Feldbrill, Elmer Iseler, cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Mstislav Rostropovich, flutist Jean-Piere Rampal, violinists Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, and Midori, pianists Murray Perahia and Louis Lortie, contralto Maureen Forrester, and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.]
What is interesting to you about working in an orchestra? Each day is different.
What is your favourite music to play? Mozart’s piano concertos
Who are your favourite musicians in any genre? Jacqueline Du Pré
What is your most memorable concert experience as an audience member? Seeing Jean Pierre Rampal perform when I was 11 years old.
Julie Ranti joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 1985. She grew up in Montreal in a musical family: her father was Principal Trumpet of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM); her mother is a harpist; and her brother Richard is Associate Principal Bassoon of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Ranti began flute studies with Jeanne Baxtresser, principal flute of the OSM at the time. After a year at the Interlochen Arts Academy, she attended The Juilliard School where she studied with Julius Baker and Samuel Baron.
Ms. Ranti is an active chamber musician and a founding member of the Bach Consort. She maintains a busy teaching studio, coaches the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra flute section, is on faculty at National Music Camp, and has taught at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.
In her spare time, when not pursuing postdoctoral studies in astrophysics, freediving in Hawaii, or rebuilding a 1968 Chevelle SS 396 convertible, she enjoys walking her dog in High Park.
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