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Elise Wagner

Mount Forest , Ontario , CANADA

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Hometown / ville
Mount Forest

Age / âge
17

Instrument
Violin

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

Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
My parents neither of which have any musical experience were watching "60 Minutes" when they saw a segment on the Suzuki method. My mom turned to my dad and said "That's what Elise is going to do".

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I would really like to work for the Canadian diplomatic corps or for the Canadian government. Musically speaking to be part of a chamber music ensemble or orchestra.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I love music in general but there is a complexity to classical music that I enjoy. There is so much emotion that you need to invest into your playing that it becomes another way of expressing yourself not just as a musician but as a person.

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 ?
Finding other musicians that I enjoy playing with.

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
The experience that I know I will gain from being a part of the NYOC will be invaluable for the future.

Do you write or arrange your own music? / Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
Yes if you count making up songs while you do the dishes.

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 really like theatre whether it's writing acting or directing.

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
I enjoy playing soccer running and trying to train my horse Tony.

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

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
Florence and the Machine

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
O mio babbino caro from Puccini's Gianni Schicchi

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Babel by Mumford and Sons

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?
I'd be working on my farm with my two horses.

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?
Usually when I'm asked this question I say "I play the violin". But in this case

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Carefully consider all advice that is given to you. There will be a time where someone whether they are adjudicators or music camp teachers will give you advice that you will immediately dismiss because it sounds ridiculous. But you should consider what they have said and try and apply it before dismissing it. It may be good advice after all!