Chicago Philharmonic Violist Michael Hall

Michael HallQ. What inspired you to pursue music as a career?

A. For most of the first 18 years of my life, Children’s Memorial Hospital was home. As doctors performed extensive reconstructive surgery on my legs and hips, I discovered my love of music playing the piano in the hospital rec. room. One day while passing the White Elephant store across the street, my parents saw a sign saying, “Violin $40.” They bought it and brought it to me. Upon opening my case for my first lesson, my teacher proclaimed, “That’s not a violin, it’s a viola.” I had never heard of a viola before, but I loved my instrument, and I was hooked for life. It has taken me around the world many times.

Q. What do you like most about the CPO’s ensemble approach to creating music?
A. Created by musicians, the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra is dedicated to the highest level of artistic expression. It brings together talented, sensitive colleagues to create a world-caliber ensemble. It is a place to share and grow together while sharing our passion.

Q. What new endeavors would you like to see the CPO pursue in the future?
A. As a means of expanding its future audience, I would encourage the CPO to create a YouTube channel featuring past performances as well as interviews with up-coming guest artists.

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