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Michelle Feng

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Hometown / ville
Vancouver

Age / âge
18

Instrument
Oboe

How old were you when you started playing your instrument? / Quel âge aviez-vous quand vous avez commencé à jouer votre instrument ?
11

Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
It is unique. I didn't want to play the same thing as ten other people.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
My ultimate goal is to play in a professional orchestra. I am also interested in conducting and teaching both in schools and privately.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I decided I wanted to go into music after attending the University of British Columbia Summer Music Institute six years ago. Music requires discipline and incredible teamwork but by working together we can create beauty and evoke emotions in our audience that they could not have experienced otherwise.

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 ?
Performance anxiety... and luck. I know I am a good player but I need to learn to control my nerves better for auditions and performances. And I believe that luck plays a role in any career especially in a highly competitive area like music.

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
NYOC will give me a taste of what it's like to study music in college or to be a professional musician - rehearsals making reeds practicing all day. I'm also excited to be able to learn from the many wonderful teachers there and to make friends with other young musicians.

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

Do you participate in any other performing or creative arts?/ Êtes-vous artiste dans un autre milieu que la musique (théâtre, arts visuels, etc.) ?
yes

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
Creative writing arts and crafts and social justice. I write and do crafts just for fun. My only regret about going into music is that I won't be able to dedicate myself to social justice. There are so many things in the world that are unfair or wrong. Even if I don't do it as a career I think we can all do our part by just being more conscious of our thought and actions. And in its own way music does make the world a better place.

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
For a composer Tchaikovsky or Ravel

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
U2

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
too hard to answer.

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Beethoven oboe trio.

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?
in Boston doing the Tanglewood Institute

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?
Gosh this would totally ruin my reputation as a classical musician but I secretly love Michael Jackson songs. Also I regret not playing jazz piano in high school. I wish I could improvise.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Practice hard and don't be discouraged if you lose an audition or competition. Music is a lot about luck; your time will come. More than anything love what you play.