Philippe has been the principal violinist for Celine Dion in Las Vegas since 2011. Head over to www.celinedion.com to check out the details on her World Courage Tour which begins this coming September!
What are keys to success in music, traits, habits, what does a day in the life of a professional in this field look like?
The keys of success in music are patience and honesty. You can’t expect to master an instrument without effort. You have to be honest about the efforts you are putting into it. You have to be diligent, on time and you have to be able to get along in a group. Music is communion…
To “make it” you have to move to a bigger city like Toronto or Montreal. Is that true, or can you get it done by being flexible, travelling and leveraging technology?
Although there are certainly more opportunities, you don’t necessarily have to live to a big city to have a career in music . As in other professions technology makes it possible to work from pretty much anywhere.
What makes you employable? How or where do you network to get the opportunities?
Being responsible, agreeable and open minded will make you employable. Don’t be afraid to try new stuff and look for opportunities when doors open. Always be nice.
What value does a university degree bring in the industry? For example if a Musician is interested in tech (sound, recording, mixing etc.,) does having studied music at a university really make a difference?
There are different ways to acquire knowledge. Some people are more academic and some are more hands on… In any case, the more “tools” you have the better equipped you will be. Studying also helps you know yourself. Getting a degree is vital if you choose a career in music education .