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Ellis Yuen-Rapati, NS

Dartmouth , Nova Scotia , 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 ?
13

02. Why did you choose your instrument?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
Like most violists, I started out by playing violin. Whenever I would play on the violin E string, it would sound like nails on a chalk board. Playing on a lower register helped to solve that problem.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
Some day I would love to play in a professional orchestra.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
Watching Hockey and HBO, owning noobs in Mario Kart, playing ping pong and drinking copious amounts of water.

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

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

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Schubert String Quintet

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

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 ?
Feeding the groundhog his biweekly banana. (NYO 2012)

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Once I started playing in an orchestra, I knew that music was something that I wanted to pursue.

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 ?
I need to overcome my fear of solo performance.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
I have fond memories of past sessions.

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?
By playing along side talented youth, and by learning from the experienced faculty, I will surely grow as a musician.

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?
Yes

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?
I would have most likely tried to find a part time job.

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 in a small chamber group for Jacqueline Desmarais was a great experience.

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?
None

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?
World's best son, from my dad