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Freddy Speer, 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 ?
16

02. Why did you choose your instrument?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
I chose the double bass because my father is a bass player himself.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I would be very happy if I was able to live my life playing in an orchestral or chamber setting while being able to compose and teach on the side.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
I love to write my own music, I'm a Toronto Raptors fan and I like to cook.

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

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

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Ein heldenleben

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

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 ?
What stuck with me the most from last summer was how much I was able to learn from my fellow orchestra members, the fantastic coaches and our ex-double bass playing mistro. It's pretty eye opening seeing what people are doing with music accross the country.

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I studied classical music growing up and ended up falling in love with up through playing the music for so long. I think what ended up really triggering a love for it was how challenging I found it. The bigger the challenge the more satisfying it is when you create something really special with it.

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 ?
The biggest challenge now is making sure that as a musician you have a unique product to market in order to make a living doing what you love.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
I chose to audition at NYO Canada because the experience is invaluable to a young musicians growth

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 feel my ensemble playing will greatly benefit from the intensive amount of orchestra playing I will be doing when at the program this summer.

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?
I was accepted into the Sibelius acamdemy's creative dialog in Santa Fe, New Musico.

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?
If I wasn't doing NYO Canada I would have auditioned for Orford or Domain music Academies and attempt to seek out summer employment.

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?
The proudest moment of my musical career thus far has been the culmination of my playing with the NYO Canada last summer and being accepted again this year.