Violinist Guiomar Turgeon first performed with H&H in 1998. She will be performing in H&H's upcoming program, Haydn In Paris, in February
Favorite Piece to Perform and Why
It is too difficult to choose a particular piece, but Haydn's string quartets are part of my favorite repertoire. Life doesn't get any better than spending an evening with good friends playing beautiful and humorous music.
Favorite Food or Restaurant
My favorite dining experience is enjoying "Boeuf Bourguignon a la Julia Child" served at Chez Gigi.
Favorite TV Show
Although I watch very little television, I enjoy Doc Martin and Downton Abbey. It is amazing to see how these British characters persevere through the most awkward predicaments.
My favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The development and intertwining of characters within the small town community is masterfully crafted.
My friends lovingly tease me with the honorary title "Chicken Whisperer." The delicious organic eggs and vegetables from my backyard farm make it all worthwhile.
Best Musical Memory
Working with Leonard Bernstein at the Tanglewood Institute is on my TOP 10 list of memories. As a young student, I had the opportunity to work with the most remarkable musicians. Leonard Bernstein was my favorite conductor and teacher. He had a great enthusiasm and passion for his music which I believe he wanted to pass on to his students. During one rehearsal, he lost track of the time focusing on his "Candide Overture". Knowing that we had prepared Beethoven's First Symphony as well, Mr. Bernstein continued the rehearsal - right through our lunchtime. Having the advantage of sitting principal second, I was in closest proximity to hear Mr. Bernstein's comments. His personal assistant was tactfully trying to remind him that he was needed for the BSO rehearsal which was to start in ten minutes. An hour later, the assistant was adamant about departing for the next rehearsal. Mr Bernstein turned to him with a quick reply- " If the BSO doesn't know the music by now - they should find another job." I was greatly touched by his dedication to us and have been inspired to do the same.
If you could play any other instrument, what would it be?
I would like to play the bass drum in the the opening chorus of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.