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BECOMING A LOCAL: An Interview with André Gremillet

André Gremillet

Q: Where are you from originally and what brought you here?

A: I am originally from Canada (near Montreal), and I came to Cleveland in January 2016 from Melbourne, Australia, to work for The Cleveland Orchestra.

 

Q: How much did you know about Cleveland before moving here?

A: I knew very little, so I did not really know what to expect. I was just hoping that my family and I would feel welcome in our new community. Not only have we been made to feel at home very quickly, but we fell in love with the community and everything it has to offer. We really connected with Clevelanders, whether they were born here or have made it their home as we have.


Q: What has surprised you the most about living here?

A: How cosmopolitan the city is, especially for its size, and how wonderfully diverse. I don’t think outsiders would think of Cleveland as one of the great American cities to live in, but it truly is. It’s not that outsiders have a false impression of the area, but rather they don’t have much of an impression at all.

 

Q: In what neighborhood do you currently live? What do you like about it?

A: Shaker Heights. I love the beauty of the neighborhood: the architecture and how green it is—and the 10-minute commute to work!

 

Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Cleveland Museum of Natural History (A.K.A. "Dinosaur Museum") / Photo ©Laura Dempsey

Q: What are your favorite places to go or things to do?

A: We bring our two young sons to The Cleveland Orchestra’s education concerts or a Harry Potter movie at Blossom in the summer. We also go to the Museum of Natural History (or “Dinosaur Museum” as we call it), Great Lakes Science Center, and Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. My wife and I love going to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cedar Lee Theater and a great dive bar that shall remain nameless so as to “protect” our date nights! There is also nothing like going to a Browns, Cavs or Indians game…Clevelanders know and love their sports.


Q: What are some of your favorite restaurants and bars?

A: L’Albatros at University Circle, Cru Uncorked in Pepper Pike, Dante in the Tremont neighborhood, just to name a few…not to mention our nameless dive bar with the great chicken wings! Also, we love getting our croissants and bread at On The Rise and our desserts at Luna (both in Cleveland Heights).

 
Blossom Music Center
Blossom Music Center is the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra. / Photo ©Roger Mastroianni

Q: Is there anything else you would like to say about the area?

A: I am grateful to be here, and I feel privileged to be part of this very special community.


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