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Catherine Gray, AB

Calgary , Alberta , 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 ?
violin - 6, viola - 16

02. Why did you choose your instrument?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
I was drawn to the camaraderie that violists exhibit towards one another! I also really enjoy playing the inner voice of the harmony.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I would love to become a member of the TSO or the OSM.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
Long distance road cycling, backpacking, nutrition and fitness, drinking coffee and reading.

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

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

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Today, my favourite piece is Grant Green - Idle Moments

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Bach - Brandenburg no. 6

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 ?
Travelling to India! May 2013

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
It was clearly my foremost passion, talent and love from a very young age

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 ?
Continually working to avoid injury

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
The opportunity to play the solo viola part of Don Quixote

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 will benefit from working with the internationally renowned faculty, my colleagues, and the opportunity to play in Canada's leading concert halls.

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'd either be backpacking on the Pacific Crest Trail, working in a bike shop or an organic eatery, or learning how to speak French.

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?
Inaugurating the organ of the new Maison Symphonique with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal.

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?
The Sir Edmund Walker Dorothy Isabella Webb Trust Scholarship and a full scholarship to attend Yale University

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?
Award of Excellence - NYOC

 
     
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