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Bianca Mendonca

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Hometown / ville
Mumbai

Age / âge
21

Instrument
Cello

How old were you when you started playing your instrument? / Quel âge aviez-vous quand vous avez commencé à jouer votre instrument ?
8

Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
I learnt the piano when I was 4, but my mother was keen that I learn to play with an ensemble. In those days, there was no import of cellos. My Orff class teacher suggested I learn the cello since we had both a violin and cello at home. I also liked the idea of learning a different instrument from my mother and grandmother who play the piano, so we could have fun and play together. My brother plays the violin.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
To be a cellist and teach cello to others. To expose the beautiful sound of the cello to many in my country who have never heard or seen the instrument.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Im the third generation of western classical musicians in the family and it was natural that I would pursue 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 ?
Lack of learning and performing opportunities in India. I only get a couple of classes with visiting artists and very few solo and chamber music public performances.

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
I will get opportunities to learn and improve my technique and musicianship. I will also benefit from ensemble playing and meet like-minded youth from Canada. I will also be able to help the other cellists in the INYO and my cello students to play better and benefit from my experience in Canada.

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.) ?
choir

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
Management and administration. Other genres of music like pop, classic rock.

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

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

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Dvorak cello concerto

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
nothing

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?
It would not be summer here and I would be teaching,performing and organizing a chamber music festival and piano competition in Mumbai.

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?
Im an accounts graduate and have done a diploma course in Indian Music Therapy. Sometimes play for Bollywood films.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
You will be a better human being with more sensitivity, discipline and fellowship. If you have a passion for music, fulfill it even if it is a struggle uphill. After all, going uphill always requires more effort! Classical Music will always fill your soul even if it can't fill your stomach.