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Jeffery Ho

Surrey , British Columbia , 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 ?
17, but I started playing violin at 12; learned the "real basic technique" at 16.

02. Why did you choose your instrument?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
Ironically, I wanted to become a pianist at first. Not only I liked playing piano more, but I also was not comfortable playing the violin. During my 12th grade, my former violin teacher recommended viola to me. She thought maybe it would fit me better. Long story short, I had my UBC auditions for both piano and viola and I was accepted for both. I chose viola because I really like the unique, warm and mellow sound.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I would like to play in a professional orchestra. Additionally, I would like to join or form a professional chamber group.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
Playing Sport, cooking, exploring places.

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 ?
Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
"Nimrod" from Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar

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

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Music has always been a passion for me since I was a child, due to the family background that I have. My mother who is piano teacher inspired me and began my music journey.

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 ?
Maintaining motivation to practice and retaining confidence in myself.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
My teachers and friends recommended it.

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 hope to improve my own musical skills and learn more about the strategy of playing together as a team in a large or small ensemble.

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, I didn't apply to any other programs.

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 probably be practicing, preparing for my grad school auditions and playing gigs.

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?
Receiving an acceptance email from NYOC!

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?
Jocelyn Noel Scholarship in Viola and Dr and Mrs A M Bomstead Scholarship in Violin and Piano