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Graham Isaak

Winnipeg , CANADA

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Hometown / ville
Winnipeg

Age / âge
23

Instrument
Double Bass

How old were you when you started playing your instrument? / Quel âge aviez-vous quand vous avez commencé à jouer votre instrument ?
14

Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
I started electric bass so I could play in jazz band. I picked it up quickly, so my band teacher rented me an upright bass.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
Too many to be realistic! ...play in an orchestra, conduct an orchestra, write a symphony, write a movie score, write a musical.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I got hooked on the sound of the orchestra when I started listening to the soundtracks from the original Star Wars trilogy. From there I started listening to Holst, then Mahler, then Stravinsky and others.

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 ?
It's nerve-wracking because there is so much competition and so little job security; you also have to be willing to give up a lot of your time, and be willing to move.

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
As a returning member, I'm hoping to improve on my experience of last year; to perform better, and to dig deeper into the scores we're playing.

Do you write or arrange your own music? / Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
Yes

Do you participate in any other performing or creative arts?/ Êtes-vous artiste dans un autre milieu que la musique (théâtre, arts visuels, etc.) ?
I dabble in poetry/lyric writing

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
I enjoy watching movies and TV shows, listening to audiobooks, and cooking and eating especially!

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
At the moment, Richard Wagner.

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
Right now, Frank Sinatra.

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Recently it's been Wagner's Ring Cycle!

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
"Story" by Robert McKee, an audiobook about screenwriting.

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?
Probably working at some mind-numbing job...

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?
My first performance job was as Young Don in a production of Singin' In The Rain at age 11.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Don't do it! ...unless you really love it and just can't help yourself. Then do it, and go all out!

For returning members: What is your fondest memory from a previous session and/or tour? / Pour participants vétérans: Quels sont vos souvenirs préférés de la session ou tournée précédente de NYO Canada?
Hugo and Joël at the talent show... that video never fails to make me laugh.