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Nicholas Denton-Protsack

Kelowna , British Columbia , 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 ?
Although it was my mom's decision to enrol me in lessons I took a particular interest in the cello from a very young age.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I want to go as far as I possibly can with the abilities I have. As long as I feel I am playing to my fullest potential I will be happy being a soloist chamber musician or orchestral musician.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I was about 13 when I decided I wanted to study classical music. I chose this simply because playing classical music is what I love to do.

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 ?
On a personal level the technical aspects of classical music have always been much more difficult for me than the artistic aspects. On a broader level the general decrease in jobs and funding for the arts will be 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?
The same way I benefited from it the last 2 years I attended the orchestra. Excellent private lessons excellent orchestral training and valuable musical contacts I will likely be working with for the rest of my career.

Do you write or arrange your own music? / Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
Yes I am considering a double major in composition.

Do you participate in any other performing or creative arts?/ Êtes-vous artiste dans un autre milieu que la musique (théâtre, arts visuels, etc.) ?
All of them with the exception of dance and singing - both of which you never want to see me attempt.

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
Hiking biking video editing writing and plenty of other things.

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
I have too many "favourites" to have an overall favourite.

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
Probably David Bowie.

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Difficult to say. I am into something new all the time.

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
At the moment; nothing. Thank you for reminding me to charge it!

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 honestly do not know. I haven't had a summer without the NYOC in almost 3 years.

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?
Two years ago I wrote a 45 minute symphony for a 90 piece orchestra.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Play your scales!

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?
I must say the inside jokes get increasingly hilarious and elaborate as the session progresses. The best of these was an instance in which an audience member at the National Arts Centre yelled; "What the hell is going on?!" as we stood up to sing our madrigals. This was re-quoted many times throughout the rest of the tour to much comedic avail...