Toronto Chinese Orchestra 多倫多中樂團

Member Profile: Chloe

Performing at the ROM for 2010 Chinese New Year

Meet Chloe, another new addition to orchestra.

TCO: When did you join the TCO?
C: Since December of 2009.

TCO: How did you get involved with us?
C: While I was studying at Queen’s University, I wanted to find a Chinese Orchestra in the Kingston area. Without much luck, I contacted a professor in Queen’s School of Music and she introduced me to York University Student Orchestra. Fortunately, I got touch with Dr. Kim Chow-Morris and Vivian Xia from whom I got to know TCO. I paid a visit to the TCO during my winter vacation last year and was determined to join the TCO at that time. Right after I moved to Toronto when I graduated last year, I became a member of TCO finally.

TCO: What instrument do you play and how long have you been playing?
C: I am a Yangqin player (Chinese Dulcimer) and I started when I was 5 years old.

TCO: How did you get started with this instrument?
C: When I was in the Kindergarten, a Yangqin teacher from Children’s Culture Palace in my community promoted Yangqin culture to us. She encouraged me to play Yangqin. Although I didn’t know much about the instrument, my mom made that decision for me [laughs]

TCO: Other activities that you enjoy on spare time?
C: I like playing squash and badminton. Oh, I’ve travelled a lot. I’ve been to many countries, Malaysia, Thailand, Austria, Germany, Hungary, United States.

TCO: Anything you’d like to share with other TCO members and fans that come to the concerts?
C: I really enjoy rehearsals and activities with TCO. Everyone has been supportive, friendly and passionate about music. As a new comer to Toronto, the TCO has been amazing in helping me settle into this new city.

We are just as glad to have you with us. All the best, Chloe, in your upcoming performances as well as getting to know this great city.