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Erick Oliver Wawrzkiewicz

North York , 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 ?
Originally, I wanted play the piano, but when I went to the music school in Poland they advised that it would be better for me to play the violin because my hands were too delicate at the time and playing the piano would have damaged them.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I want to be a classical musician and work to help bring classical music to audiences who do not have access to it, or who have not had the chance to learn how to appreciate it.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Hearing Oistrakh's recording of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with Ormandy when I was 11. I was so moved that I decided there and then that I would dedicate my life to music.

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 ?
My ego.

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
It will be a chance to learn new skills, meet new people and see a lot of new places

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 have done some visual arts and drama in the past.

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
I love studying languages, visual art, architecture, literature and cinema.

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

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

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Britten Violin Concerto with Vengerov and Rostropovich

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 practicing, working, and probably taking some summer courses.

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'm half Polish, half Brazilian and I was born in London, England.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Always tell yourself that you can. Be honest about your dreams and desires. Always have fun and enjoy what you do."Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius."-Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart