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Brandyn Lewis

Chateauguay , Quebec , CANADA

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Hometown / ville
Montreal

Age / âge
20

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 ?
11 years old

Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
I was given the choice to play either the double bass or percussion but having already played the drums when I was younger I wanted to try something new. To this day I do not regret making that decision.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I aspire to be a member of a professional orchestra where I will have the chance to perform a variety of beautiful repertoire.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I was surrounded by classical music since high school and the more I played the more I fell in love. Classical music allows me to express myself as well as develop my musical abilities.

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 ?
There is a lot of competition and lots of talented musicians out there who will compete for the same jobs as me especially auditions.

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
By participating in the NYOC I will gain tons of orchestra experience that will assist my career in music. It is an excellent music program that demonstrates what it is like being in a professional orchestra

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

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

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
I enjoy playing soccer with friends during summer and ice hockey during winter.

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
Richard Strauss and Edicson Ruiz

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

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Mahler Symphonies and Strauss Tone poems

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Octavarium by Dream Theater

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?
I would be working hanging out with friends and visiting family.

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?
I have participated in music festivals in Italy and France with the FACE Chamber Orchestra.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
I would tell them to always keep a positive attitude and persevere no matter what. Most importantly practice and patience are key to obtaining good results.

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?
Bass section repertoire touring the food seeing Snoop Dogg in Times Square.