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Kevin Barnes

Halifax , 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 ?
My dad always liked the trumpet. When I was picking an instrument in grade 6 he told me that the trumpet had the best sound and the best parts. I guess I was a pretty impressionable kid.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I would like to play the trumpet professionally in both orchestral and chamber settings (and anywhere else I can). I'm also interested in management and artistic planning for symphony orchestras theatres etc.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Classical music has this amazing power to communicate emotions and ideas and tell stories. It totally absorbs me and the more I became involved with it when I was younger the more I realized that I wanted to become a person who helps bring it to others.

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 ?
Achieving perfection on my instrument and finding satisfying work in a world full of very talented musicians are two demanding challenges I see in ahead of me.

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 believe that I will be able to gain skill and confidence as an orchestral player and that I will learn to be a better overall musician by being around the faculty and other musicians. Playing in such a fantastic orchestral program will truly help me affirm my love for making great music.

Do you write or arrange your own music? / Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
Not so much these days but I have in the past.

Do you participate in any other performing or creative arts?/ Êtes-vous artiste dans un autre milieu que la musique (théâtre, arts visuels, etc.) ?
Yes in high school I was very involved with musical theatre.

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
I love reading seeing good art and gallivanting around Toronto with my girlfriend.

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
Phil Smith Wynton Marsalis and Michael Tilson Thomas to name a few.

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
I'm going to say Mandy Patinkin. That man can sing anything!

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Mahler's 1st Symphony Stravinsky's Petrouchka Adams's Nixon in China among many others.

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
The TSO broadway soundtracks American Brass Quintet.

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 probably be home in Nova Scotia 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 used to own a Shetland pony.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Even when you have a bad day with your instrument (and there will be many bad days) always keep your love of music at the front of your mind. Hard work and practice will pay off.