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Natasha Sullivan

Chestermere , Alberta , CANADA

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Hometown / ville
Calgary

Age / âge
20

Instrument
Oboe

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 ?
My band teacher in grade 9 offered a guaranteed final grade of %95 to any flautists who would switch to oboe. At the time it seemed like a good idea...

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I hope to become a colleague that people enjoy playing with. I'm not really sure where I'll end up, but I want to be the best oboist I can be.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Attending Calgary Philharmonic concerts, where I loved watching my teacher play and enjoyed the fantastic atmosphere of live performances.

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 ?
Me, myself, and I. And Netflix.

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
Playing with such high caliber musicians in orchestra and working with fantastic faculty will raise my own standard of playing and inspire me to be a better musician.

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 ?
Sailing, skiing, all-you-can-eat sushi, watching shows (usually whilst making reeds...)

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
John de Lancie (the oboist, not his son the actor)

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

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
It changes, but right now it is probably Brahms' Ein Deutches Requiem

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Strauss' Four Last Songs

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?
Strauss' Four Last Songs

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 am a sci-fi nerd. I love watching Star Trek (TOS, of course), Babylon 5, Stargate, you get the idea....

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Am I not a young artist just starting out? Oh well. Here are some things I've learned so far: practise efficiently, love the music, and avoid Netflix!