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Peter Gajdek

London , Ontario , 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 ?

Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
This is a funny question since I actually did not choose the trumpet! I entered a grade 9 music class because I thought it would be a fun and easy course as an elective. The music teacher said to me “your lips would fit for a trumpet.” That is how I started to play and I have loved it ever since!

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I aspire to become a medical doctor as well as a professional musician.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I think there are certain emotions and thoughts that humans cannot express through everyday activities. Classical music has allowed me to express these emotions. Also, there are no boundaries to the emotions that classical music can convey since no two musicians can play something exactly the same way.

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 ?
The biggest challenge I think I will face in the pursuit of a career in music is finding enough time to do everything I want to do. This includes time for practicing and playing all the amazing repertoire that is out there!

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
Progressing to a professional level orchestra throughout the NYOC session I think the biggest benefit I will take away is how to act in a professional atmosphere. Collaborating, rehearsing and performing with high caliber musicians I think will give me a good sense of and prepare me for the professional music scene.

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.) ?
Yes! I am part of a Polish traditional folk dancing ensemble.

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
I love to read about medicine, music and European history.

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

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

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Richard Strauss - Till Eulenspiegels

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 playing with the Band of the Ceremonial Guard (Canadian Forces).

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 love to travel to third world countries and administer medical aid as a volunteer.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Never give up! You will have many difficult times in the process of becoming a musician but you will also have several amazing, rewarding and memorable moments. Keep working hard!

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?
My fondest memory from NYOC 2011 was playing and dancing a flash mob in Montreal at the Notre Dame Basilica. We created a huge crowd of people and some were even joining us in dancing the flash mob!