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Christian Julien

OrléAns , Ontario , CANADA

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Bass Trombone

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 chose my instrument because of idolization I had for my uncle who also plays the trombone. I wanted to try it out and, as time went by and I saw more and more of the music world, I got myself really attached to the idea of being a professional musician.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
There are many goals to list. My original plan was to get a secured position as a full time orchestra player and become a part of an important orchestra. As I discovered more of the music business, my goals are becoming rather varied: from recording sessions, to freelancing, to musical productions, they are all very interesting choices; I want to do it all. I still believe in getting a position in an orchestra, but I am very opened to new experiences in any style or manner.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
From a very young age, I had always been very attached to music; my father really helped in that respect with filling my childhood with classical music recordings of various pieces. I never really thought much of joining the classical music world until important influences came into my life near the end of my high school program. In grade 11, I had the pleasure of discovering the Bass Trombone and it's nature; in grade 12, I received my very first Bass Trombone and my first Bass Trombone teacher, Douglas Burden, Bass Trombonist for the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Mr. Burden truly inspired me to continue my music studies at a University level; at University, I learned about many things that only increased my desire to progress in classical music. What made me decide to pursue classical music was how much joy it brought me to play, how I could express more in music than I could with my own words, something that I discovered through time.

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 believe one of my greatest challenges when it comes to my pursuit of music is opportunity, experience and getting myself known. The opportunity is a rare thing, especially for a Bass Trombonist but if there is opportunity, experience can be gained. It is also good for me to to present good impressions of myself to get recommended for other, possibly better opportunities. This means a lot of freelancing and a lot more practicing to improve my levels of playing.

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
There is a great many ways I will benefit from the NYOC program. First off, I will gain much experience in the orchestra with the touring, the repertoire and the recording session. The masterclasses with the National Arts Centre Orchestra Tubist Nicholas Atkinson will prove quite beneficial for my playing. Participating in the orchestra will get my name a face and a sound, something that will help me get known as a musician. This is without forgetting that I will be conducted by Maestro Alain Trudel, a very important and terrific conductor and performer.

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 ?
Literature and philosophy. Literature can impress me with the level of imagination people can have and the variety of philosophy can make me see thing differently or sometimes it can make me better understand the world.

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
Joseph Alessi or Ben van Dijk

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
"Wierd Al" Yankovic

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
1812 Overture - Tchaikovsky

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Tron: Legacy - Finale

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 to pay off future student depts whilst somehow staying in touch with the world of music.

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?
Four things come to mind: first, I believe recycling has major issues and needs revision; second, I tend to be spontaneous and random at times, an ability that I myself do not control; thirdly, I believe I improved more in the past 8 months as a musician and trombonist than I did the first 6 years of learning the instrument; and finally, although this might already be known, I got accepted in NYOC on my very first audition, which honestly left me really surprised (and honoured and proud).

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Give yourself a goal either being short term or long term that will encourage your learning; and to reach this goal, you must practice and persevere. This will make you feel accomplished and proud.