Silvia Tabor, the conductor from Moldova welcome by the people of Canada

Music and enthusiasm were vital ingredients for Silvia Tabor’s dream, Montreal Intercultural Orchestra conductor

Music knows no boundaries. It's the same with the enthusiasm that drives you towards your dreams coming true. It does not matter what country you are from, what matters is the place where your wishes become a reality, as long as they are real. Music and enthusiasm were vital ingredients for Silvia Tabor’s dream, Montreal Intercultural Orchestra conductor. Originally from Republic of Moldova, Silvia reunited in orchestra musicians of different nationalities settled in Canada. Her dream though, is a continuous achievement, ready to reach new heights of success.


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First name, last name: Silvia Tabor
Date of birth: 10 October
Place of birth: Chisinau
Education: University of Montreal
Domain of activity: Arts
Achievements: She conquered Canada by her performance, founding the Montreal Intercultural Orchestra


  • I come from a family where music was a way of life

My father, Vasile Tabor, is a clarinet professor at a music school and my brother, George Tabor, followed my father’s example and masterfully handles the clarinet and saxophone, today being the leader of a fanfare. It's pretty clear where my passion for music came from. I, therefore, became friends with the piano! I invested in music and studied at the "Stefan Neaga" Music College. I studied music theory and music composition; afterwards I attended choral conducting at AMTAP. But in my life I reached a point when the experience from Moldova was not sufficient any more. I dreamed of something more than that, greater and more special. And this special thing now is called Intercultural Orchestra of Canada, it is where my heart belongs to!


  • The beginnings were full of adventures, I mean my departure overseas

I wanted to have the freedom to travel, to hold a passport which would exclude applying for visas and going to embassies on various occasions. At that time there was no liberalized visa regime as we are granted now. Moreover, more and more of my acquaintances made it to Canada in order to have a better future. I however, did see one of my dreams come true and it was the dream of becoming an orchestra conductor.


  • In Canada I did master’s and doctoral degree

I studied in English for master’s degree and in French for doctor’s degree. McGill University offered me the chance to study for master’s degree, being the most appreciated Anglophone institution. I did doctorate at the University of Montreal, in French, though. Also during these doctoral studies I had to perform three concerts and to form an orchestra and conduct it during performances. It was because of them that I met many people, colleagues, instrumentalists. When we performed our last concert for completing doctoral studies, I decided to continue the project with the orchestra. Thus, in 2011 we officially registered the Montreal Intercultural Orchestra.


  • Orchestra has 60 members, but depending on the program it may expand or shrink

We have a core group of musicians, though, who are permanent orchestra members performing at all concerts. It is comprised of various nationalities Canadian residents. We do musical programs dedicated to various cultures of the world. There are many compositions known in Europe, but anonymous to American continent. If, for example, we have a concert dedicated to French culture, we expect members of this community get involved in that specific project, but the goal of the event is to bring audiences of different nationalities closer. It is a way of promoting, a visit card of this nation. Our Orchestra is the music messenger of different cultures to the public of Canada.


  • We need more financial support

We are always looking for sponsors to support our concerts. I want it a lot to have a European tour and I hope to have this dream come true. I want our concerts to be supported by the cultural communities we represent, to be promoted by them and, why not, to be provided with financial support. Many sponsors are skeptical at first, always considering whether the investment is a worthy one, or whether the orchestra has continuity. I am an optimistic person and I am confident that this project will have a bright future.


  • Canada is a welcoming country

This can be noticed in our orchestra as well, where members are of different nationalities. All get along, everyone is friendly. It's a very good chance to fix some bridges of different cultures, not only among the members of the orchestra, but also among the audience.