Crossfit, audiobooks, and a dog named Lenny: this edition of Meet the Musician features Micah Heilbrunn, principal clarinet of the WSO!
WSO: Where are you from?
Micah Hielburnn: I was born in London Ontario, but I moved to Winnipeg from Toronto where I was living as a freelance musician.
How long have you been with the WSO?
I joined the WSO officially in 2006 but played a year with the orchestra during its 2000-2001 season. I have actually had quite a long relationship with the orchestra!
What kind of music do you listen to outside of work?
I love music from all genres but lately I have been listening to audiobooks and podcasts during my downtime. It’s a really nice way to unwind.
What do you do in your time off?
I like to spend some time with my dog, Lenny, and working out with my friends at my crossfit gym. I also love to downhill ski. There is a group of us from the orchestra that try to get out to the mountains almost every year.
What’s your favourite thing about Winnipeg?
Definitely the people. The musicians in the orchestra are more than just colleagues, they are like family. We really take care of each other here and its very special. I have also managed to make some very close friends outside of the orchestra and I feel very lucky to know them.
What is your favourite snack?
I love “good fats” bars – they are a lot better than the name makes them sound and they are a great guilt-free snack. Try them!
Why did you choose to play your instrument?
My piano teacher took a year off when I was a kid and I decided to try something different. It was easier than piano at first and I had a lot of fun with it. I was fortunate enough to study with a great teacher which made all of the difference.
What are you most looking forward to this season?
I’m really looking forward to the tour the orchestra will be taking to Holland in the spring. We will play in some of the world’s great halls and my family will be coming out to see a concert. Can’t wait!
You can see Micah perform as a soloist in Scandinavian Greats, Feb 7-8 at the Centennial Concert Hall.