Craig Hutchenreuther is a native of Detroit, and earned his bachelor of music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has played in the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra since 1977, and was concertmaster of the Calgary Civic Symphony for over 20 years. Hutchenreuther is also active as a chamber musician, with the Zabaglione String Quartet. He arranges and composes music for small ensembles, and has had his work published by Alberta Keys Music Publishing.

Who do you think are or were the masters of your instrument?
Too many to mention! I am a fan of Nicola Benedetti both for her playing and her commitment to music education.

Tell us a little about your instrument.
My violin was built in 1983 by Ann Arbor luthier David Burgess. I am very proud of the fact that after I put my deposit down on this instrument he took it overseas to a violin makers’ competition in Germany where it won a gold medal.

Do you play in any groups/ensembles outside of the orchestra?
I am the second violinist of the mighty Zabaglione String Quartet. One can also find me playing fiddle in the garage band across the street from my house, the name of which changes every week.

What kinds of music do you listen to when you’re ‘off-duty’? What’s currently on your iPod?
I listen more to talk radio than to music, either sports or current events. When I do listen to music it can be anything from classical to classic rock to R&B.

How do you prepare for a concert? Any pre-game rituals?
Nap, supper, shower, get dressed, go play!

How old were you when you started playing?
Eight years old.