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Julien Simard

Montreal , CANADA

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01. How old were you when you started playing your instrument?/ Quel âge aviez-vous quand vous avez commencé à jouer votre instrument ?
12

02. Why did you choose your instrument?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
The slide looked challenging and the instrument shined brightly.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
Music is a language known to the entire world. If a single emotion can be passed on to one individual listing to music, than the goal has been achieved. Of course, it would be great to play with a full time symphony orchestra in a major city, but realistically, music is an art that I would love to perform at any level for any audience who will listen.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
I love sports, despite having less and less time to enjoy them as I would like. I used to be an avid cyclist and would love to get on the bike again.

05. Do you write/arrange your own music?/ Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
Yes!!

06. Who is your favourite classical musician?/ Quel est votre artiste (musicien) préféré ?
I have to choose one?!?

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
And one for this too?!?

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Tomasi Concerto

09. 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 l’ONJC ?
Definitely the Canadian-Indian Youth Orchestra project of May 2013. What a brilliant experience both culturally and musically.

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I'd have to say my high school music teacher. She was such an inspiration to me growing up, and always gave her best for the students.

11. What do you think 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 lack of funding towards the arts, as well as the decline classical music in youth.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
NYOC is a fantastic summer program. Definitely one of the best in North America.

13. How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada?/ Comment bénéficierez-vous de votre participation dans le programme de NYO Canada?
The professional training is of the highest class, but the way the session is organized is also a big learning experience. NYOC members learn how to be punctual, respectful, teamwork, leadership and many other great qualities.

14. Were you accepted to any other summer music programs this year?/ Avez-vous été accepté/e à tout autre programme musical estival cette année?
No

15. If you weren’t touring with the NYO Canada, what would you be doing during the summer?/ Si vous n’étiez pas en tournée avec NYO Canada, que feriez-vous cet été?
Practicing

16. What was the proudest moment of your music career thus far?/ Jusqu’ici, quel est le moment de votre carrière musicale qui vous a apporté le plus de fierté?
Playing second trombone with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra.

17. What scholarships, if any, have you been awarded in the past year?/ Quelles bourses, le cas échéant, avez-vous remporté au cours de la dernière année?
N/A

18. What awards, if any, have you won in the past year?/ Quels prix, le cas échéant, avez-vous remporté au cours de la dernière année?
N/A

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 wish I could if I had the time

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
To many to chose from. I enjoy all styles and all sorts of musicians

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
I got Rhythm, George Gershwin, performed by the Venezuelan Brass Ensemble

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 way to much energy at all times of day, and always try to remain positive! I love Penguins.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Don't give up. Hard work pays off. It's fun to play, even if you only play for fun.

 
     
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