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Douglas Grittani

Oakville , Ontario , CANADA

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Hometown / ville
Oakville

Age / âge
20

Instrument
Cello

How old were you when you started playing your instrument? / Quel âge aviez-vous quand vous avez commencé à jouer votre instrument ?
4.5

Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
I didn't really get to choose. My mom chose for me. She also plays cello

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I would like to play in an orchestra quartet or in any kind of ensemble.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I love it and I'm good at it. I could never see myself sitting inside a cubicle or classroom all day.

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 ?
Money is probably the biggest challenge. After that I have some pretty big performance anxiety issues.

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 did NYOC last year and I really enjoyed it. Traveling across Canada and sharing the experience with people who enjoy music as much as you do is amazing.

Do you write or arrange your own music? / Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
Not really.

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 was in a musical or two in high school but that's it.

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
I love soccer running and Yoga.

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
Alain Trudel!

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

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Rite of Spring

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Calvin Harris - Blue

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?
Just working. Trying to make enough money so I can continue my studies in music. Tim Hortons!

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 a birth mark on my head and I can touch my tongue to my nose.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Practice. And don't expect everything to be easy... and ... oh yeah practice.

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?
Playing in the cello ensemble with David and his Saw!