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Rosalind Zhang

Toronto , Ontario , CANADA

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Hometown / ville
Toronto

Age / âge
19

Instrument
Cello

How old were you when you started playing your instrument? / Quel âge aviez-vous quand vous avez commencé à jouer votre instrument ?
10

Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
When i was 9, I realized I couldn't join an orchestra as a pianist so I decided to take up the cello as my second instrument, simply because my brother learned the violin and viola already.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I think my dream job would be working as an orchestral musician. I love being around people; being a soloist is not only difficult but lonely :(

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Classical music has been all I've ever known, growing up in a family of classical musicians. I've never been good at math or science or anything non-arts-related, so here I am!

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 competition involved, the perseverance and the discipline necessary to succeed. If I was born with talent for music, I was also born with the curse of laziness :P

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
Not only is NYOC an intensive chamber/orchestral training program that will get me off my lazy butt, but I also get to meet really cool people! ;)

Do you write or arrange your own music? / Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
Not in my spare time no, but I suppose if I needed to (as if my life depended on it…ha) I could :P

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 used to take ballet lessons (apparently my turnout is noticeable when I play cello) and attended an arts school that focused on (apart from music) dance, drama, and visual arts.

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
The natural hobbies: sleeping and eating! I spend an unhealthy amount of time on the computer though...

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
I can't say I have any favourites...but if it had to be anyone, I guess I'd say Lang Lang

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
Although I regrettably admit I don't listen to a lot of music, I can say that I like anything non-classical. I don't have any favourites :)

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Almost anything by Rachmaninoff or Mahler 5's Adagietto

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
If I am listening to music (which is surprisingly quite rare), it's usually a piece of music that I'm working on :P

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?
Possibly doing more summer programs or visiting my Grandma in China!

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 lifestyle is kind of weird: I live pretty much 3 hours behind everybody else. For example, I eat lunch at 2pm, dinner at 10, sleep at 3. I'm from Toronto, but I basically live in Vancouver time!

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
If you like doing something, put in your all and do your best, whatever it is. Time is of the essence. If you work at it and believe in yourself, you can do anything! :)