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Billie Smith

Vancouver , British Columbia , CANADA

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Hometown / ville
Fort Saskatchewan

Age / âge
18

Instrument
Violin

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

Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
The violin has always been a natural part of my life, especially because I started out at such an early age. The more experienced I become, the more I grow to love the violin and the music!

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
Whether it be in an ensemble or as a soloist, I want performing to be a main focus of my career. I have always enjoyed playing in front of people and connecting with an audience. Other goals of mine are to compose and conduct professionally.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
My orchestral experiences combined with inspiration from my teachers increased my love for the instrument and repertoire, along with the lifestyle that comes with pursuing a career in classical 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 ?
For me, music is a lifestyle as opposed to a career or hobby. Because of this, my biggest challenge is maintaining a balanced lifestyle. Since I am intently focused and immersed in playing, I think it is important to keep in touch with other areas of my life.

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
Yes. I enjoy composing in various genres, including classical.

Do you write or arrange your own music? / Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
Yes. I enjoy composing in various genres including classical.

Do you participate in any other performing or creative arts?/ Êtes-vous artiste dans un autre milieu que la musique (théâtre, arts visuels, etc.) ?
Only music-related so far, but I would like to experiment with other creative arts.

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
Any other kind of music! I enjoy fiddle music, and have been a fiddler for as long as I have been a violinist! Being a part of the Canadian fiddle community has been a fun and important part of my life, and I believe it has also increased my versatility as a musician. I like to perform different genres of music around Alberta with my sister, including folk, fiddle, bluegrass, and jazz. I am also interested and involved in the recording process, as my sister and I have recorded two albums together.

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

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

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
It changes quite a bit, but my current favourite is Elgar ‘s Enigma variations

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Any unaccompanied Bach, for either solo violin or piano.

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 would be performing around Alberta and going to the fiddle jams and competitions that happen over the summer. I would also likely visit a music camp and work on my composing.

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 play the banjo :)

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
It is a good idea to find teachers, mentors, and friends who encourage and inspire you. For me, this motivation caused practicing to seem more like an interesting activity than a chore! This will give you something to aspire to. Do your best to absorb the wisdom of these people. Another key thing to keep in mind is to practice efficiently! Making the most out of your practice time in an intelligent way will save you much frustration.