Project Description

Carl Boychuk, a native of Winnipeg, studied the violin at Brandon University and later the viola in Vancouver. He had the unique opportunity to act in “The Changeling” with George C. Scott which was filmed there in 1978. Carl then worked a year for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, before leaving for a few years to learn cabinet making, raise pure-bred Jersey cows, teach for the Agassiz School Division in Manitoba, work as Principal Violist for the Prince George and then subsequently for the Regina Symphony Orchestra. Carl returned to the CPO in 1987. He continues to actively participate on the local scene, playing chamber music and teaching.

Who do you think are or were the masters of your instrument?
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756-1791; Lionel Tertis, 1876; Paul Hindemith, 1895-1963; William Primrose.

Tell us a little about your instrument.
My viola was made in England in 1960. It is fairly large at 16 3/4 inches or 425 mm and is a Stradivarius model which means it is brighter sounding than Amati models.

What kinds of music do you listen to when you’re “off-duty?” What’s currently on your iPod?
I listen to all kinds of music from classical to folk to blues but I often enjoy relative silence.

How do you prepare for a concert? Any “pre-game” rituals?
I enjoy a good hearty meal before a concert.

How old were you when you started playing?
I started playing the violin at age nine and switched to viola after graduating from university at 21 or so.