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Colin Van de Reep

Vancouver , British Columbia , CANADA

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Hometown / ville
Calgary

Age / âge
23

Instrument
Percussion

How old were you when you started playing your instrument? / Quel âge aviez-vous quand vous avez commencé à jouer votre instrument ?
10

Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
My brother was learning bagpipes so I began taking lessons in pipe band snare drumming. This led to learning other percussion instruments in various schools bands and community groups.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
Definitely a balance of performing and teaching. My goal is to hold a position in an orchestra and to teach at a university.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Out of everything I was exposed to growing up I was most drawn to music. My great experience in my high school music programs really cemented my career plans.

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 ?
The amount of time and quantity of resources that need to be invested at our age to get to a professional level is definitely the greatest challenge

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
Learning from such a great faculty alongside peers with common goals will be extremely beneficial.

Do you write or arrange your own music? / Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
occasionally

Do you participate in any other performing or creative arts?/ Êtes-vous artiste dans un autre milieu que la musique (théâtre, arts visuels, etc.) ?
just when they are collaborating with music. Hopeless at drawing and dancing.

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
Food travel cars soccer and hockey.

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

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

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Music for 18 Musicians - Steve Reich

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Radiohead - Hail to the Thief

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 a summer job and spending days off with my beautiful wife at the beach in Stanley Park.

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 first drumset gig was playing in a Blink 182 cover band in 2003.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Practice the the basics (rudiments technique scales arpeggios ) the most at the beginning to put yourself a step ahead of the game later on. Become exposed to and familiar with as many different kinds of music as possible!