Hometown: Trois-Rivières, Québec
Age you began playing: 12
Year you joined the TSO: 1980
Why did you choose to be a professional musician? I felt as though I would miss playing music, had I chosen a different career.
What is interesting to you about working in an orchestra? The wide range of repertoire performed, working with terrific musicians, and the great soloists and conductors.
Why are orchestras important? There is a huge wealth of orchestral repertoire spanning over 200 years. It has to be performed and heard to remain alive, otherwise it will be a terrible loss to our civilization.
Marie Gélinas joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 1980. A native of Trois-Rivières, she studied at the Québec Conservatoire de Musique with Michael Kilburn and with Leonard Rose at The Juilliard School, from where she graduated with a Master’s of Music degree.
Throughout her musical career, Ms. Gélinas has worked with numerous chamber music ensembles. With her husband, cellist Edward Hayes, she has participated in the Five Small Concerts series and has performed at hundreds of concerts in schools and hospitals throughout the Greater Toronto Area as a member of “A Global Tour”. For many years, she has participated in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s education programmes. Her solo performances for students on the TSO’s Northern Tours have been enthusiastically received.
Ms. Gélinas is currently a member of the Halcyon String Quartet with TSO colleagues Paul Meyer, Wendy Rose, and Kent Teeple. She performs on a Charles François Gand cello, made in Paris in 1828.
Ms. Gélinas studies karate and serves as sempai (assistant) at a local dojo of the Toronto Japan Karate Association and has earned a third degree (sandan) black belt. She is an accomplished cook, a beginning bonsai enthusiast, and, after over 30 years in Toronto, still sports a delightful French accent.
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