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World-renowned percussionist can't hear but feels the music in Winnipeg

Dame Evelyn Glennie is back in Winnipeg. The world-renowned Scottish percussionist who happens to be deaf performs with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra on Tuesday.

Dame Evelyn Glennie performs at Westminster Church on Tuesday

Deaf percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie is in Winnipeg to perform with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. 4:03

Dame Evelyn Glennie is back in Winnipeg. The world-renowned Scottish percussionist performs with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra on Tuesday.

Glennie has played with some of the most famous musicians in the industry, including Bela Fleck and Björk. She's also deaf.

Glennie began losing her hearing at eight years old, but she says it's never interfered with her musical ambition.

"I was brought up as a farmer's daughter," she said. "Any issue or challenge that comes your way on a day-by-day basis, you deal with it."

Glennie credits her parents and teachers for helping her achieve success, which includes a Grammy Award and Polar Music Prize.

"That, I think, was key," said Glennie.

It also helped to be a little stubborn and single-minded, she added.

Glennie says it was not so much deafness that got in the way on stage but the status of percussion in general.

She said she wrote to composers to ask them to write more music for percussion to bring her art form into the spotlight.

Glennie plays with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra at Westminster Church in Winnipeg on Oct. 4.