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Calvin Yang

Richmond , 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 ?
8 years old

Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
Compare to the narrow and high tone violins have I prefer the warm and thick character from violas.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I want participate in as many competitions in the future as possible. I will also audition for orchestras or form a chamber music with a few of my close friends.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
When I was little I always want to be a Principal Violist in an orchestra. In Grade 10 I realized that playing viola would be my only choice for my career because I was not good at anything else. In addition Classical Music is very complex and it is very interesting hear how the great composers express their feelings in 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 ?
The biggest challenge I face is being able to understand the piece I'm playing thoroughly.

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 have heard many great opinions from other musicians who participated in NYOC before and they said it really is worth it. Although I have not heard of any of the faculty before Mark Fewer caught my attention. I will be playing in his benefit concert in Vancouver on May 20th and I think it is very fortunate to play with a great violinist. In addition I will be making more friends and connections in NYOC which I believe that will beneficial for my music career.

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 ?
Car Racing.

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
J.S. Bach

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

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Concerto in C minor 3rd mvnt - J.C. Bach

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Mine Mine - Jay Chou

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 either participating in other music camps or enjoying my vacation in Taiwan.

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 really love racing and I hope I can become a professional race car driver someday. However it is way too dangerous for me and my parents would not allow it.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Don't give up on music easily.