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Alex Cho

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Hometown / ville
Saint John

Age / âge
17

Instrument
Violin / Violon

How old were you when you started playing your instrument? / Quel âge aviez-vous quand vous avez commencé à jouer votre instrument ?
7 years / 7 ans

Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
After I reached a grade 5 level in piano my mother allowed me to pick a secondary instrument. Since my older brother had started cello a few years earlier I wanted to pick something different; so I went with the violin.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
Just a year ago I was certain that I would not pursue music through post secondary eduction becuase I held the belief that the career was not suited for me. However this year brought about some important realizations of my love for music and so I am going to enter my first year of a music degree in the coming year. I still do not know if I will make music a career; whatever the case I am glad that option is still open to me.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
After a year of playing very little music some musicians who still saw potential in me talked me into starting violin again. I found out that I had loved it more than I had realized so I changed future plans to accomodate for a potential career in music.

What is the biggest challenge you face in your pursuit of a career in music? / Quel est le plus grand obstacle à surmonter afin de poursuivre une carrière en musique ?
The ability to perform. I love practicing and making music with others but when it comes to performance I always leave disappointed with myself.

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
The opportunity to play among some of the best musicians in Canada will be an amazing experience which I will surely learn a lot from. The amount of music we will produce is something I am ecstatic about and the ensemble program will provide a challenging addition to an already fulfilling program.

Do you write or arrange your own music? / Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
No / Non

Do you participate in any other performing or creative arts?/ Êtes-vous artiste dans un autre milieu que la musique (théâtre, arts visuels, etc.) ?
No / Non

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
I enjoy hockey snowboarding and debating.

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
Itzhak Perlman

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
Sufjan Stevens

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Not sure

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Sigur Ros

If you weren't touring with NYO Canada what would you be doing with your summer? / Si vous ne faisiez pas partie de NYO Canada que feriez-vous cet été?
Working at a fast food restaurant.

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?
This question made me realize I am an uninteresting person.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Music is awesome. Make some.

 
     
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