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Amahl Arulanandam

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Hometown / ville
Mississauga

Age / âge
23

Instrument
Cello

Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
My mother wanted me to play a string instrument and my sister was already playing violin. To eliminate the possibility of jealousy and unhealthy competition she had me take up cello.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I'd like to get into session work but I also have heavy interest in chamber music improv and jazz. If I could be financially stable doing these things that would be ideal.

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
It will allow me to meet a lot of like-minded people from around the country who will (hopefully) be my peers in the business in the near future. It will also allow me to experience what life is like in a professional orchestral environment.

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
Philosophy literature hockey video games

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
Hard to say. There is no clear number one but someone who's getting heavy rotation right now is Steven Isserlis.

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
Again this is difficult but some favourites are John McLaughlin John Zorn JoJo Mayer Mike Stern

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Steven Isserlis Porcupine Tree Jean-Guihen Queyras Kyuss... amongst others

If you weren't touring with NYO Canada what would you be doing with your summer? / Si vous ne faisiez pas partie de NYO Canada que feriez-vous cet été?
Scotiafest Toronto Summer Music Festival and Academy probably summer courses and working busking and freelancing.

What is there about you that you think people might be surprised to know? / Y a-t-il quelque chose à votre propos qui est un peu surprenant ou hors de l’ordinaire?
Before returning to music I did 2 years of a genetics degree at McMaster University. In my 2 years there I was on the fencing team and fenced competitively (though not necessarily well).

 
     
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