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Viola

Dilek Engin (2013)

Viola

What are your most important educational and musical moments?
Probably my most important moment educational moment was the change from my first violin teacher!  In college I was able to participate in the International Mediterranean Orchestra and tour southern Europe with that group.  Also, coming to the States! 

Tell us about your family.
My family are all musicians and love art, people, the earth, and helping others. 

Why did you choose music?
My dad was a musician, so I grew up with music.  In 8th grade, my dad tried to train me for a conservatory audition in Istanbul, but the audition didn’t go well.  A few years later I asked to try the conservatory audition again and he prepared me on piano just 3 months in advance.  I got in!  I remained there for 11 years (through college), then moved to U.S. for further viola training.   

Why did you choose your instrument?
At age 7 I saw a live presentation on strings and singled out the viola (rather than the violin sound or the expensive cello!) but I started with drums in elementary school. Then I wanted to play the trumpet, but I had braces so my teachers guided me to the violin.  When my first violin teacher proved unsuitable, I found a new teacher and began the viola. 

What else are you currently doing?
I currently conduct the Mason Philharmonic Orchestra and instruct as Dept Chair at the Flint School of Performing Arts.

Any non-musical interests or hobbies?
I love crafts (especially jewelry making), cooking, and traveling with my husband Stefan!

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