Hometown / ville
Age / âge
How old were you when you started playing your instrument? / Quel âge aviez-vous quand vous avez commencé à jouer votre instrument ?
5 years old
Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
I initially started with the piano when I was four and the violin when I was five. I was never as comfortable with the violin as I was with the piano. After several years, I decided that I wanted to dedicate more time into learning the violin repertoire. Ultimately though, it was the unique feeling one gets from playing a string instrument that really had me drawn in more.
What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
As a musician, to become as versatile as possible. In a professional setting, I would want to either be a teacher/coach in various fields of music, or a chamber musician.
What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I realized at one point that I didn't have as much of an interest towards sciences as I did for performing and learning music. Also, the repertoire for the violin (including solo works, chamber, orchestral, etc.) were all so attractive that even if I wasn't going to major in music in the end, the amount of time I spent learning what I did would have been worth it.
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 ?
For me, it's remembering that however much I want to learn is ultimately based on what I choose to make of it...whether I choose to explore different genres of music, learn new repertoire, or meet new people is at the end of the day, up to me.
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 believe that the way the program is constructed would benefit me the most. While the amount of orchestral experience is essential in itself, I think more importantly, the fact that everything is on a tight schedule will be a driving factor to managing my time wisely and making sure that I am making efficient progress every day. In addition, I feel that I'll learn a ton from the people I'll get to be around.
Do you write or arrange your own music? / Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
Do you participate in any other performing or creative arts?/ Êtes-vous artiste dans un autre milieu que la musique (théâtre, arts visuels, etc.) ?
What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
Space exploration, Astrophysics, Psychology, Different types of cuisine, Ophthalmology
Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
Jascha Heifetz (only one example of many favourites)
Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
Don't really have one
What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Changes every day, but a few include: Chausson Poème, Sibelius/Brahms Violin Concerto, Works by Debussy, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2, and many others
What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Ernest Bloch - Baal Shem: Nigun
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?
Summer school or going on a trip with the 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?
My dad used to design military airplanes when he gave me my name, but took out the 'a' in 'stealth' so that my name wouldn't be confused with the word itself. That... didn't really work.
What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Try not to limit yourself to only doing one field of music. For eg: explore as much chamber music and orchestral repertoire as possible, in addition to learning your solo repertoire. I guess it would also be beneficial to make sure you genuinely enjoy what you're doing, and that it's not because someone else wants you to do it.