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Catherine Varvaro

Catherine Varvaro
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Catherine Varvaro
Montreal
Quebec
Catherine Varvaro
Artist
Catherine’s career in music had been anything but a straight line, but with every twist, curiosity and persistence has guided her. As a kid, piano lessons gave way to the drum set and she wound up studying jazz drums and health sciences after high school before swerving left to pursue classical percussion performance at the Université de Montréal. Craving more knowledge about her craft, she lived for a year in Boston where she studied with the timpanist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Back in Montreal, she dove into a handful of challenges: fusing percussion and drum set in her eclectic electro trad group; performing and competing on the Highland snare with the Montreal Pipes and Drums; creating a sound design for Shakespeare in the park that earned her two META nominations; and completing her Master’s degree at the Conservatoire de Montréal.

Over the course of her freelance career in Greater Montreal’s orchestral scene, Catherine set out to specialize in timpani. She credits her approach to the instrument to the two summers she spent with the National Academy Orchestra and timpanist Jean Norman Iadeluca. For the past five years, she has had the privilege of being the timpanist of the Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville.

Catherine has recently become fascinated with history’s forgotten figures. She created Light the Night, a symphonic graphic novel, to shed light on the invisible labour behind the great masterpieces of the classical music canon.
Artist, Touring musician
Artist, Instrumentalist, Performer, Studio musician
  • Drums
  • Percussion
  • Xylophone
Timpani, bodhran
Classical
Teacher | Instructor