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Barna Paul

Burlington , 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 ?
10. Started and stopped. Did not take seriously until older. Switched to viola half way through undergrad although have played before.

Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
Started with violin and later discovered I am simply more suited for the viola. I love the sound of it as well!

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
To have a career in the music industry. I am interested in many aspects of music orchestral chamber (love chamber music!) conducting teaching solo etc. The days of solely playing in orchestra are coming to an end- I strongly feel that the newer generation of musicians need to be prepared to diversify there thinking and talents and not just focus on becoming a soloist or a principal orchestral player.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I have always liked classical music from a young age. (like jazz)There is a thrill to performance and getting to play for an audience that is unlike anything else. You have to experience it to believe it!

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 ?
incredibly competitive field and there are fewer and fewer 'traditional' jobs left. (Orchestral etc.) Be prepared to diversify!

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
It will be an invaluable experience. You get to work with great musicians perform great repertoire have an opportunity to record on a CD you get to travel and tour Canada hugely beneficial! incredibly competitive field and there are fewer and fewer 'traditional' jobs left. (Orchestral etc.) Be prepared to diversify!

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.) ?
Just dabble in visual arts. I should say no.

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
Too much to list.

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
To some degree I respect everyone who can get up and perform. However that being said Christian Ferras Daniil Shafran Paul Tortelier Ivry Gitlis

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
Paul Desmond Art Pepper

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
People who know me will say anything Brahms. It isn t though. I have only heard the piece twice and kind of hope to never hear it again and if I tell you it would not be my favourite anymore ;)...

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Peter Longworth Brahms piano works Steven Dann and Jamie Parker Breville Sonata. BUY THESE CD'S!

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?
Working practicing Practicing working

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 just finished a three year prison term. Only kidding.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Find something else to do. Only kidding again but there is some truth to that. When I was younger I was so shocked when I talked to older artists whom at the time I thought may be a tad bitter. They would say find something else to do. I could never understand how especially after having a job you could say that to a young kid just starting out. It seemed so uninspiring. But now I begin to realize WHY they said that. My teachers some great performers themselves with amazing careers under their belt do many things themselves- teaching performing chamber music seminars administration/ management. If our teachers are prepared to diversify and do different things we as students better be willing to do different things as well. Do not get obsessed with just find the perfect 'orchestral' job. (Nothing wrong with that job however be willing to do many things)