Patricia Creighton


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Q&A with Patty

Why did you begin playing the flute?
I was always transfixed by the sound as a youngster and the flute looked like a wonderfully beautiful jewel to me, flashing and glittering….

Why do you play the flute?
I play my instrument because it fulfills an inexplicable part of my soul, it takes me out of the mundane and ordinary, and because it is a great practice which always reflects the inner state of my psyche.  It keeps me honest about myself, and it is extremely challenging. To be the master of a musical instrument is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my entire life. That being said, it is my muse, and It allows me to express my deepest, most complex emotions in a non-verbal way.

How did you get interested in classical music?
My father absolutely loved classical music so I grew up listening to many of his recordings. My mother was a very accomplished pianist and piano teacher, and as a young child, I would crawl under her grand piano and fall asleep to the sound of Chopin, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Bach, Beethoven…

What are your outside interests?
Swimming, photography, long walks with friends, meditation, and making movies.

What’s something someone would be surprised to hear about you?
I hate crowds.

What’s your favourite indulgence?
Dark chocolate and cooking for friends.

What do you do to relax?
Breathe deeply, practice flute, swim, walk, play tennis, lie under a tree, read a book.