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Teenage musician Luka Coetzee first heard the cello at age one and it was love at first note

From rehearsal to recital, spend a day in the life of the young cellist.

'The music has always been part of my life'

(CBC Arts)

Luka Coetzee first heard the cello being played when she was only a year old — and it was love at first note. She remembers growing up in a home where her sisters and mother all played the instrument. "I thought everyone played cello," says Coetzee in this video, part of our Art Kids series. "I was curious when I was little — it seemed fun."

Now, the Calgary teenager spends her time rehearsing at the Honours Academy for Gifted Youth of Mount Royal University Conservatory with her teachers Johanne Perron and John Kadz. And part of that time is spent channelling her feelings about the music into her body language and facial expressions — not a small challenge for a quiet musician.

Watch the video:

13 year old musician Luka Coetzee details her background playing the cello. 3:24

"The music has always been part of my life," explains Coetzee. But cello isn't her only instrument of choice — she also plays the piano.

The young musician believes that everyone is able to express a unique sound through their instrument and their music. "The sound of the cello is — I feel like it's closest to a human voice so I can relate to it in a way," she says.

"It's a beautiful sound and that's what draws me to the cello."

At thirteen years old, cellist Luka Coetzee is no stranger to rehearsals and recitals. (CBC Arts)

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About the Author

Priscilla Galvez and Jeff Pavlopoulos

Priscilla Galvez is a Toronto-based Producer and Director. Most recently, she produced the BravoFACT short film The Emissary and is currently in post-production on a sci-fi action short The Drop In for Bell Media. Priscilla is in development on the web-series Off Kilter with director Alejandro Alvarez Cadilla as well as directing and co-writing the short film Wolf Alice, based on the short story by Angela Carter. Jeff Pavlopoulos is a Toronto-based writer, director and cinematographer striving to encounter the unfamiliar in the everyday. He is currently developing a short series, Secret Chiefs, about the invisible ties that bind us to one another, and the hidden, sometimes dangerous world that exists all around us.