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Ria Kim

Halifax , Nova Scotia , CANADA

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Hometown / ville
Seoul, Korea

Age / âge


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 was inspired after watching a piano competition. I was also attracted to the fact that I just would have to use my hands for playing this instrument. (and oh how wrong was I...)

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I would love to be a professor in piano, but at the same time I really want to work or perform as an accompanist and a chamber musician.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
My father used to listen to a lot of classical music, therefore classical music is a big part of what I grew up with. Also when I started, I thought classical music was really deep and interesting. There was something fascinating about classical music. As I was studying it more, I have felt that this is something that I actually like and what I really want to do in my life.

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 ?
Not everyone has the same challenges as I do, but for me it is mostly with my connection with the music. I am mostly working on keeping my mind, imagination, and my body(the technical aspect) together consistently, in order to make my intentions clear and convincing. It is important to have good musical intentions but it is also important to know how to show them at the right moment.

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'll learn much about playing with a group of people, which is a rare opportunity for a piano player.

Do you write or arrange your own music? / Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
I have written one piece in my entire life. I do like arranging music for fun.

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 ?
I play in the university jazz band, also I play for the church choir. I am not a huge fan of sports, but I go to the gym regularly and jog for fun. I enjoy computer games from time to time. Movies are fun too.

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
I would have to choose between Haydn and Brahms.

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

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
So far, it is Brahms g minor quartet

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
'To the End of the World' played by Pat Metheny group

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 working, and preparing for grad schools.

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?
1. The question is, will you ever know? 2. I am a musician 3. Pretty much everything. 4. I can actually play out. It would probably take me forever to choose an answer from my head. 5. ... uhhh...

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
1. Listen to a lot of music, trying these things and more: Think actively, think of what is happening as the music progresses. Think of what the composer and the performer(s) expect you to understand, and how they do it. Think nothing, just let yourself flow with the music and see if you are able to speak about your emotions in your own words. Imagine different surroundings and situations while you are listening to the same music: imagine a ballroom, or your backyard on a sunny day, in a fancy restaurant with a friend. 2. Just love and really care about what you do.