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Nicolas Stephenson

Montreal , Quebec , 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 ?
I played piano already and I wanted to play violin so that I could play with other people. My mom, fearing the horrors of having a five-year-old violinist in the house, convinced me to take cello lessons instead.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I just want to play a lot of music and teach cello.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
It's more fun than anything else.

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 issue most important to me is finding a balanced lifestyle despite having to spend an enormous amount of time with my instrument. I hope to always be able to spend lots of time outside.

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
This summer, I hope that I can work to improve my orchestral playing and my chamber playing, while working to progress with my technique. Also it's going to be a lot of fun.

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.) ?
I draw pictures during harmony class.

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
I love to be outside. A couple summers ago, I did a 30-day canoe trip on the Albany River in northern Ontario. I'm also a qualified lifeguard/swimming instructor and I work at the pool during the school year.

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

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
The New Pornographers

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Beethoven's 7th Symphony

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
A whole bunch of Canadian folk music

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?
Being sad because I wasn't touring with NYO.

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 still tie my shoelaces bunny ears-style. It's not like I don't know how to tie them the normal way - I do, it's just that I appreciate the simplicity and reliability of the bunny ears.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Play lots of music. It's super fun and when you're a little more advanced, you get to miss school for it.

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 whole thing was SOMAch fun!