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Elliott McMurchy

Toronto , 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 was in the Royal Conservatory of Music's Young Artist Performance Academy on the violin during the Junior and Intermediate levels. A need arose for more violist to balance out the Academy Symphony Orchestra and due to my size I was given private lessons and masterclasses in viola in the Senior Academy.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
A viola playing doctor.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I have a family background in music. My grandmother was a professional opera singer and in the summers on my father's sailboat we always listened to classical music. I was taken to my first classical concert at Roy Thomson Hall at the age of 3 and my first opera at age 9. Classical music has always been an integral part of 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 ?
Everyone always appreciates the warm rich sound of a viola and yet it's difficult to find masterclasses given in viola or solo opportunities.

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 is such a great privilege to be able to play with violist who have a strong background in viola playing. When the team is strong everyone involved is able to rise to a higher level. I look forward to being a part of this team and playing with some of Canada's greatest young violists.

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.) ?

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
At Upper Canada College I was involved in the theatre productions. I played both the tenor and bari saxophone in the Pit Band for our musical "Little Shop of Horrors". I acted in and provided the violin soundscape for Shakespeare's "King Richard II" as well as acting singing and playing the violin and harmonica in the role of Feste in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night".

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

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

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 3rd movement

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

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?
At our cottage up North canoeing with my mother and playing the guitar and singing around the campfire.

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?
When I was 6 years old for Christmas I got a Jack Russell Terrier puppy. He was the cutest and most lively thing I'd ever seen. I called him Paganini and now every time I hear someone performing Paganini my mind drifts to my energetic best friend who loves when I lift him up because he can rest on my shoulder. He's a great puppy and he's my great Paganini.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Keep Calm and Play On.