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Eric Burge

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Hometown / ville
Kingston, ON

Age / âge
17

Instrument
Viola

Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
Like most violists I originally started on the violin. My teacher encouraged me to try the viola when I was eight and I immediately fell in love with the rich sound and more mellow character. This year is the first that I haven't been playing both equally and I don't regret my decision to drop the violin at all.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
Right now I'm simply concerned with becoming the best musician I can however that's defined. I've got at least four more years of school before I have to even start thinking about auditioning for jobs. It's great to be able to play just for the sake of playing.

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
Well nothing can substitute for experience and short of getting a position with a major orchestra I can't think of anything which offers more experience in anywhere near as compact a time interval. The quality of musicians is truly inspiring and the oppurtunity to work with Neal Gripp and the other faculty is a true blessing.

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
Though I'm not particularly good at sports I love mountain biking ultimate frisbee and volleyball. I've recently become interested in the beauty of math though it's not the kind of light reading you do for fun.

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
William Primrose. Maybe.

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
Leonard Cohen

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Vaughn Williams Romance for viola and piano

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?
No idea. This was my only plan. In retrospect seeing how tough the cut was I probably should have come up with something else but I pretty much just assumed that I was going to get accepted this year.

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?
I bake bread whenever I have the oppurtunity. It's great stress relief.

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 NYO Canada?
Without a doubt performing in the Notre Dame Basilica. Truly inspirational.