Christoph Kessel

Musician of the GSO since: 2001, the beginning

Other Orchestral Experience: University of Guelph Orchestra, Wellington Winds,

Waterloo Regional Police Band, White Oaks Choral Society, K-W Philharmonic Choir

Academics and teachers: studied flute with Tom Kay; voice with Marcus Kramer, Robert Anderson

B. Sc. (Agriculture) University of Guelph

Other Occupations: Horticulturalist

Q & A with Christoph

How did you get interested in classical music? In the 70’s my Grade 7 vocal music teacher, Florence Hall, played us
an album called “Switched-on Bach.” It got me “Hooked on Classics.” Not long after that I attended my first opera and from 
there I have been thumbing a ride with the Walküren.

Favourite indulgence? Single malts and good Canadian whisky

Greatest musical influence? Formative years in youth orchestra.

Best gig you've ever performed at?  Mahler’s 8th Symphony while I was a member of the K-W Philharmonic Choir
with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thompson Hall.

Dream Vacation?  : It starts with running a European marathon followed by attending the Bayreuther Festspiele and 
indulging in each opera for that season.

Favourite Composers? Wagner, Mahler, Richard Strauss, and Mozart

Favourite Works? Wagner:Tristan und Isolde, Beethoven: Missa Solemnis and his late string quartets, 
Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni (Rene Jacobs conducting), Britten: Peter Grimes

Favourite way to relax? Running and cycling

What's a fact no one would know about you?  I started my musical journey on the euphonium.

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