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Kate Marland

Ottawa , Ontario , 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 ?

Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
After playing violin for 10 years I was bored and uninspired. When my teacher suggested switching to viola I jumped at the chance to break free from the herd. When the chamber music opportunities started rolling in I knew I had made the right choice!

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
While I would love to spend some time as a professional orchestral musician somewhere along the road I would also love to do a masters degree in fashion history...or philosophy..or military history..I like to keep my options open!

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Music has always been a huge part of my life thanks to my tiger-mom-wannabe mother exposing me to it early on and I have been lucky to have had many inspiring experiences along the way. The turning point for me was when my teacher Rennie Regehr insisted I join the Ottawa Youth Orchestra in grade 10. This made me realize my passion for orchestral playing.

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 ?

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 think it will be an amazing opportunity to play among so many talented musicians. With each orchestra I've played with I have learned so much and I think the experience and knowledge I will gain from NYOC will be instrumental in helping me succeed.

Do you write or arrange your own music? / Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
No I wish I was that awesome!

Do you participate in any other performing or creative arts?/ Êtes-vous artiste dans un autre milieu que la musique (théâtre, arts visuels, etc.) ?
No but I love art history.

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
I love history and philosophy

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
Sir Simon Rattle

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

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Macbeth by Verdi

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
News by the Novel Ideas

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 had some other options for summer festivals.

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 love historical fashion and just fashion in general.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
"Only practice on the days that you eat."