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Clara Nguyen-Tran, ON

Toronto , Ontario , 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 ?
8 years old

02. Why did you choose your instrument?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
I actually didn't choose my instrument - my mother chose it for me in the hopes of forming a quartet with my siblings, who play the cello and violin. My first instrument was actually the piano (which I did choose myself)

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
My main goal is to be an orchestral musician, but I'm not ruling out being a chamber musician or new music performer either; I like to keep my doors open.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
I enjoy reading and knitting. I also am very fond of animals.

05. Do you write/arrange your own music?/ Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
I arrange music sometimes but I'm not very good at it...

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

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Vaughan Williams' 'The Lark Ascending'

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Hindemith's Viola Concerto ("Der Schwanendreher")

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
My dad always played Classical 96.3FM on the radio when I was growing up and I enjoyed it even when I was younger. I connected to classical music more than the pop songs everyone else seemed to listen to.

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 ?
For me, the biggest challenge is being emotionally strong. There's a lot of competition in the music world and I'm bound to not succeed in my musical pursuits sometimes, but I have to find the strength and courage to keep moving forward.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
I wanted to make music with young, talented musicians who love music and are as passionate about it as I am.

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'm hoping to learn what it's like to rehearse and perform at a more professional level, see what it's like to do a music tour, and connect with other musicians.

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?
Orford Academy

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?
At Orford doing the viola masterclasses or busking around Toronto.

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 the Brahms Symphonies with the Orford Academy 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?
Scholarships to attend the University of Toronto