We bet you didn't know that senior Paul Corty turns to Adele as his go-to stress cure, designs and sews and is teaching himself Icelandic. Get to know this cellist through his interview and pop-infused playlist, featuring Florence and the Machine, Zella Day and Melanie Martinez!


How superstitious are you?

I’m not extremely superstitious.
If you could learn any language fluently, what would it be?

Icelandic. It started off as a joke, with my friends saying that I looked Icelandic, and then I started reading about and seeing pictures of Iceland, and I fell in love with the culture and the language.  To say "thank you", you say Þakka þér fyrir. (Thah-ka thyer fi-rir.)
How do you manage stress?

I listen to Adele and eat as much as I possibly can. Doesn’t everyone?
What is one talent you have that most people might not know about?

I design and sew! In fact, I just finished a lovely little pleather dress.
Why did you choose the cello?

I loved the way it sounded—thanks, Yo-Yo Ma—and everyone I knew was picking the violin, so I wanted to do something different.
If you could ask a single person one question, and they had to answer truthfully, who and what would you ask?

I would ask Donatella Versace what gave her the strength to continue designing for the brand after her brother was murdered.
What is the different between living and existing?

Living is really experiencing the world, letting yourself be immersed in everything that it has to offer. Living is loving, going out, having fun and experiencing new things. Existing is simply going through the motions of the world, day in and day out.
If you were going to start a band, what role would you take?

I would be the lead singer. Duh.
Why is playing in an ensemble like CYO important?

Playing in an ensemble like CYO is important because you get to play absolutely breathtaking music with some of the finest people and get to experience many life-changing events, like the Alternative Press Music Awards and the Scott Hamilton ice show, both of which I participated in.

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