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Byron Wood

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Hometown / ville
Winnipeg, MB

Age / âge
21

Instrument
Percussion

Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
It actually wasn't my first choice. I wanted to play saxophone or French horn, and my band teacher placed me on percussion because I had a good sense of rhythm. I grew to like it pretty quickly.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
As of now, my goal is to find a job playing with a professional orchestra. But whatever I actually end up doing, I just want to be making music. My passion is in performing, and so whether solo or in an ensemble, that's what I'd like to do as a career.

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
Curling in the winter, running in the summer, reading, enjoying non-classical music.

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
I don't really have a favourite artist, but I like performers who can captivate me with their stage presence as well as their virtuosity. Evelyn Glennie and Beverley Johnston are two percussionists who I've been able to see in person with great performances.

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
The soundtrack to In The Heights", and before that, Mahler 6."

What is there about you that you think people might be surprised to know? / Y a-t-il quelque chose à votre propos qui est un peu surprenant ou hors de l’ordinaire?
As a young child, I was always very quiet and I was actually scared of loud noises. I think my mom was shocked the first time she saw me playing crash cymbals at a band concert!