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Amahl Arulanandam

Mississauga , Ontario , CANADA

Hometown / ville

Age / âge


How old were you when you started playing your instrument? / Quel âge aviez-vous quand vous avez commencé à jouer votre instrument ?
4 years old / 4 ans

Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
My mother wanted both my sister and myself to play instruments. My sister already played the violin and they didn't want competition between us so they gave me the cello. Worked out pretty well.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I'd just like to be the most versatile I could possibly be. The ability to play in multiple genres and styles is a must for me. I'd like to be heavily involved in jazz and experimental music as well as musicals and studio work.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I tried other things and my mind and heart kept leaning back towards music. I found that coming back to classical music helped me become better in touch with myself as an individual.

What 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 ?
Being able to keep my art relevant to the general public.

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
I will get to play repertoire that some people will never get to play in their lifetime at a high level and learn a lot from my colleagues and friends.

Do you write or arrange your own music? / Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?

Do you participate in any other performing or creative arts?/ Êtes-vous artiste dans un autre milieu que la musique (théâtre, arts visuels, etc.) ?

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
Other types of music urban exploration instrument gear philosophy

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
Too many to list depends on my mood.

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

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
See above

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Soundgarden - Limo Wreck

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?
Working a telemarketing job gigging around the city and playing duo rep with my sister.

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 completed two years of a genetics degree at McMaster University.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Work as hard as you possibly can. Talent can only get you so far.

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?
The magical moments when the orchestra clicked at an unbelievable level. I often found myself very emotional during and after performances.