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Hanna Williamson

Mission , British Columbia , CANADA

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How old were you when you started playing your instrument? / Quel âge aviez-vous quand vous avez commencé à jouer votre instrument ?
I started playing violin when I was 6 years old.

Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
My mom started playing violin for fun two years earlier. I thought she sounded lovely when she played and I asked to try it too.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I hope to pursue a career as a violin teacher and performer, specifically as a member of a professional orchestra or chamber group. I have been teaching several violin and piano students for several years and love working with them! I am really excited to start a post-secondary violin performance program at university next year.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I love the variety and intricate beauty of classical music. Great orchestral and symphonic masterpieces are incomparable with any other works music has to offer. However, I enjoy other musical genres and am interested in exploring them in the future (maybe some fiddling and jazz improvisation), but am committed to improving my playing abilities within the classical field first.

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 ?
I hope that I can maintain the focus and drive needed to continue practicing throughout my career. It is so easy to let your technique slide!

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'm really excited for this opportunity to play with other performers at a very high level. I hope that this program will give me an idea of what an orchestral career offers.

Do you write or arrange your own music? / Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
I'm really excited for this opportunity to play with other performers at a very high level. I hope that this program will give me an idea of what an orchestral career offers.

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

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
I love reading! My favourite books are "The Power of One" (Bryce Courtenay), "The Chosen" and "My Name is Asher Lev" (Chaim Potok), and "Atlas Shrugged" (Ayn Rand). In my spare time I enjoy swimming, running, and sketching.

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
Hilary Hahn

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
Coldplay and John Williams (is he non-classical?)

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Hallelujah (K.D. Lang), Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen), and Bach's unaccompanied violin sonatas.

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
My MP3 player hasn't worked in years.

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?
I would be trying to find a summer job to help pay for Christian college next fall.

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?
Supposedly I sleep with one eye open. I'll have to ask my roommate to check this summer. :)

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
The more attention you can give your technique and posture right away, the better! Besides that, have fun and enjoy the music!