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Emily Walker

London , 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 ?
I started playing the violin when I was ten but there were more opportunities for quartets and orchestra on viola so I started playing both but then I fell in love with the C string and had to switch.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I would like to become a professional orchestral musician in a major city. I would also like to continue to perform in chamber ensembles and write music for a living.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
As cheesy as it sounds I love how music is a universal language; expression and emotion wrapped in song. To communicate with people on a personal level is something so special with music and I couldn't see myself doing anything else with 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 ?
Being versatile is definitely something that musicians have to bring to the table to make a professional living these days...and I think finding new ways to reach out to the general public will always pose a challenge.

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
NYOC is such an amazing place to meet new people who are all incredibly excited and passionate about making music and that kind of environment is infectious. It is a place to refresh musically and for those reasons I am so excited for this summer.

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.) ?
I also conduct!

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
I love to read and be outdoors hiking and such. And I love to make food. And eat food.

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
Tabea Zimmerman

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

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis BY Vaughn Williams

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Bold as Love - John Mayer

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 we working at Walmart (which I will be doing for part of the summer anyways) and maybe going to a few close by music 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 have a killer british accent.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Work hard and play from the heart.

For returning members: What is your fondest memory from a previous session and/or tour? / Pour participants vétérans: Quels sont vos souvenirs préférés de la session ou tournée précédente de NYO Canada?
Honestly there are too many wonderful memories from last summer to pick just one.