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Jacob Mannion

Richmond Hill , Ontario , CANADA

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Hometown / ville
Richmond Hill

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 ?
When I was twelve, a family friend gave me a used drum set to fool around on and from that day on, my heart was set on drums. I developed an interest for all of the percussion instruments in high school and have been playing classical percussion ever since.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I hope to continue to pursue my musical studies after I am done my undergraduate degree and see where that takes me. Eventually I would like to see myself playing in a professional ensemble and teaching music.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I started to develop a real interest in classical music mostly because of my parents. They both have degrees in music and from a young age they exposed me to a lot of classical music which set off my initial passion.

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 would have to say the biggest challenge for any musician in the pursuit of a career in music is simply the competition. There are so many great players out there these days competing for the same jobs and that makes it very difficult.

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
Being part of NYOC this summer will give me the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with some the country’s best musicians and teachers. It will also give me the chance to be part of a fantastic orchestra and to play some amazing music.

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.) ?
Not very often

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
I enjoy playing sports such as ice hockey, squash, and long distance running when not practicing or playing music.

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
Nexus Percussion Ensemble

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

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Tchaikovsky Symphony 6

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Bonobo- Animals

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?
If I wasn’t touring with NYOC this summer I would probably be playing with the Ceremonial Guard Band of Canada in Ottawa.

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?
When not playing classical percussion I really enjoy playing cajon.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
To immerse yourself in as much music as possible and to strive to become the most well rounded and versatile musician you can be.