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Michael Mah

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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 didn't have a choice! It was the only instrument that I could make a sound out of when trying to join my high school band.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I really want to become a great teacher in addition to performing in an orchestra. Helping someone reach an epiphany is one of the most rewarding things to me. Also any form of performing will make me happy whether it be in an opera orchestra pit or the intimacy of a small chamber ensemble.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I have always felt that the things we learn in music can be applied to our lives and vice versa. I pursue classical music so that I can improve myself while sharing something indescribably beautiful with 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 ?
I think the biggest challenge we all face is ourselves. We all have great and unique potential but it takes tremendous discipline and courage to really succeed in anything we choose to pursue.

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
At the NYOC I'll learn so much from the staff and very talented student body. Just listening to these people will inspire me to become better!

Do you write or arrange your own music? / Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
No but I envy those that do!

Do you participate in any other performing or creative arts?/ Êtes-vous artiste dans un autre milieu que la musique (théâtre, arts visuels, etc.) ?

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
Shrimp and fish keeping fly fishing psychology and entomology.

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

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

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Copland Clarinet Concerto

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Rachmaninov Elegie

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 be fishing in the interior of British Columbia.

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 turned my playroom into a zoo when I was growing up. I had a praying mantis leopard gecko firebelly toads fish lovebird and snakes to entertain me!

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Don't let other people deter you from your dream. Take as many opportunities as you can and don't take yourself too seriously. Things will come your way!