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Violinist Marc Destrubé is as Wonderful as the Music he Plays

I first met Marc Destrubé when I was the photographer for the Modern Baroque Opera in Vancouver a number of years ago.  He was conducting an orchestra for one of the productions.  At that time, Marc was an artistic director for the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, of which he was the founder.

I always loved Baroque Music, and have been to many of his concerts in town.  He looks intense when he plays his violin, which he is not normally.  I have photographed him over the years and this portrait session was the third one in my studio.

He has just returned from Europe, performing in front of enthusiastic audiences in Poland and other places.  He will also perform in the United States before he goes back to Europe again later this month, after which he will be finally making an appearance at Unity Church in Vancouver with Alexander Weimann in April playing sonatas from the Classical Era; music by Mozart and Beethoven.

While I photograph him, I enjoy talking with him and listening as he plays his priceless instrument.  To me, it is like a private concert and I feel terribly privileged. 

He was quite chatty this time, talking about his busy schedule and life in general.  He also told me about one of Federico Fellini's movies.  I cannot remember the title of the movie he was talking about, but a rhinoceros was kept at the bottom of the ship in which the story of the movie takes place.  Although this hippo had nothing to do with the story, all through the movie the hippo kept appearing for no reason. 

I learned later that Fellini as a small child believed that every ship kept a hippo at the bottom of it, so he wanted to do just that in his movie. 

I like Fellini movies exactly for this reason, and it was wonderful to find out that this also fascinated Marc.  His descriptions of the rhinoceros were so visual that I felt as if I had seen the movie.

This photograph was taken on March 12th this year.

Marc Destrubé is an internationally recognized violinist who lives in West Vancouver.

Yukiko Onley is a Vancouver-based photographer who specializes in photographing people.  Her service is available upon request.


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