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Tomo Newton

Vancouver , 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 ?
4 years old

02. Why did you choose your instrument?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
My dad and sister played the violin, so I naturally followed in their footsteps.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I would like to graduate from McGill with an undergraduate degree in music performance before exploring possibilities in furthering my education, possibly in law or pursuing my passion for music professionally in a quartet.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
I love running. I ran in the Thunderbirds Track and Field Club for much of my high school career.

05. Do you write/arrange your own music?/ Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
No.

06. Who is your favourite classical musician?/ Quel est votre artiste (musicien) préféré ?
Itzhak Perlman

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Brahms Piano Trio No. 1

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor

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 ?
N/A

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I stopped playing the violin for year or so early on in high school. After some time away from the instrument, I realized that I missed listening and creating classical music very much and so I decided to pursue it on my own terms.

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 ?
Balancing my own ethics with the stereotypical ones that accompany a profession in music.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
I had heard of many great experiences playing with this orchestra and the opportunity to travel also enticed me to apply.

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?
I am confident that I will grow both musically and as a person in the environment that this program offers. Also, being around all these talented musicians will be a huge source of inspiration and motivation!

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?
Working on my bow arm and crying because I wasn't accepted.

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?
When I performed the Vivaldi Violin Concerto in A Minor in grade 2 in a talent show.

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?
Comox Youth Music Centre Scholarship

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?
North Shore Music Festival 1st Place Award