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Divya Raghunathan

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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 started playing the violin when I was 10 years old. Due to a severe shortage of viola players in India, I started playing the viola. I like the sound of the viola very much and I enjoy playing it.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I want to become a very good viola player and be on par with musicians playing in reputed orchestras.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I grew up listening to a lot of western classical music at home, especially instrumental. Due to this I started learning Western classical music which I enjoy both playing and listening to.

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 ?
There are very few opportunities to get advanced training in western classical music in India, especially a degree in music.

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
The only training I have received in viola is occasional masterclasses with visiting musicians. I think that I will learn a lot through the training I will receive from NYOC.

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 ?
Reading(both fiction and non-fiction),swimming, science, watching wild life documentaries.

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 ?
No particular favourite.

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Rondo Capriccioso by Saint-Saens

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Perlman playing Suite Italienne by Stravinsky

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 preparing for my grade 8 viola practical examination, conducted by the ABRSM(Associated Board of the Royal Schools 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?
I was a competitive swimmer.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Learning all the techniques properly is very important. It is difficult to correct them later.