What you didn’t know about Christopher Millard

Christopher Millard will be running the Christopher MillardMatsukawa Millard Bassoon workshop beginning on June 16, 2013. Get to know him with this brief questionnaire!

1. What is the most memorable part of your career?

My very first rehearsal in my first orchestral job, 38 years ago. We began with the Ravel’s Daphnis 2nd Suite and I thought NOTHING could be so magical, that I had won the world’s richest lottery.

 2. Where is your favorite venue to perform?

Wherever I happen to find myself surrounded by my current woodwind section!

3. Are there other composers/artists you feel a special affinity for and whose music you like to play and record? Who are they?

My current position with Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra leaves me with a focus on core classical repertoire. We play Mozart and Beethoven particularly well and I never tire of performing that greatest of music.

 4. What do you do in your spare time?

I have much expertise in the field of instrument repair and restoration and take particular pleasure in reviving older bassoons.

5. Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

Kevin Spacey, who would appreciate the irony of playing the bassoon for a living…

6. What advice do you have for young, aspiring musicians?

Pursue music with your head and your heart.