Mieka Michaux, Viola

Originally from Victoria, B.C., Mieka Michaux is a versatile chamber and orchestral musician performing in many ensembles on both modern and baroque viola and violin. Mieka holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria, B.C. and a Master of Music from Rice University in Houston, Texas. She has also attended the Music Academy of the West, the Banff Centre for the Arts, Orford Centre for the Arts and the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. Her principal teachers include Yasuko Eastman, Joanna Hood, Karen Ritscher, and Karen Tuttle.

While being a core member of the Victoria Symphony viola section, she also performs regularly as a member of the Aventa Ensemble, the Emily Carr String Quartet, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and the Victoria Baroque Players. She has also performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Vancouver Island Symphony, the Galiano Ensemble and the Lafayette String Quartet. As part of these many ensembles she has been presented by Music on Main, Music in the Morning, Hornby Island Festival, Early Music Vancouver, Early Music Society of the Islands, Ankara Music Festival, Eine Kleine Summer Music and the Victoria Summer Music Festival. As a founding member of the Emily Carr String Quartet, she has been featured on CBC radio’s “North by Northwest” and the ECSQ’s CD “Hidden Treasure” was nominated for the 2012 classical recording of the year at the Western Canadian Music Awards. The Victoria Baroque Players, where Mieka performs baroque viola, also received a nomination for classical recording of the year in 2015 for their debut CD “Virtuosi of the Baroque” lead by Kati Debretzeni.

Hometown: Victoria, BC

First season with the VS: 2001/02

The rainbow viola section

Most memorable VS experience: My most memorable experiences are with my colleagues in the viola section. In the past we have dressed up using a theme for Hallowe’en. I fondly remember when we were ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears.’ Kenji made a very fine flaxen haired woman. Another time we were the ‘Altos’ as opposed to the ‘Sopranos.’ However, I think my favourite theme was the ‘Rainbow.’ Each of us came dressed as a colour. I was a green Leprechaun with a pot of gold. We shared first prize for the ‘best dressed section’ with the “Bee-ssoons.”

Hobbies and interests: David Michaux and I have a son named Marcel who is “3 and 3/4s” as he likes to say as of late (Nov 2015). Anything Marcel is interested in, I am interested in. I now know more about dinosaurs than I ever cared to know before. I anticipate it will be the same when he gets familiar with the Star Wars saga.

Favourite things to do around the capital region: I love spending time hiking especially around Thetis Lake.

“When I was growing up, my Dad would take my sister and me to Thetis lake early Sunday morning after we had diligently practiced our music duets. The timing of the day was crucial because the rowdy Saturday night teenagers had vacated by then. We would hop into our canoe and paddle around the lake looking for ‘frogs’ which was our code name for the original stubby beer bottles. Sound sure travels when you are on the water and my Dad did not want his two girls yelling at the top of their lungs “Dad, go that way! I see another beer bottle.” We were environmentally conscious back then and I think the refunds paid for a small part of our music lessons.” -MM

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