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Meghan Ruel

Toronto , Ontario , 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 mother brought me to classical concerts when I was very young. She gave me the opportunity to start studying violin or piano. I thought too many children were playing piano and I wanted to be more 'unique' so I chose the violin!

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
During my first two years of studies in violin performance at the University of Toronto I have fallen in love with Chamber Music. I have been working on promoting contemporary works with my quartet. I aspire to have a balanced career; orchestral chamber and hopefully one day conducting.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I realized at a young age how easily I could escape life's emotional roller coaster with the help of music and my violin. My relationship with classical music changed forever and I became involved in charitable events volunteering with my mother a cellist. Bringing joy to others made me realize the importance of music in every day 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 ?
Maintaining a unique independent artistic identity.

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 am looking forward to working as a community with the other musicians. Working in a professional orchestra demands a group effort one that can only be accomplished with the effort of every individual.

Do you write or arrange your own music? / Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
For my theory courses...

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 ?
My favorite hobbies are cooking and exercising. Cooking is my favorite way of disconnecting from my daily stresses and experimenting! I also love toxicology.

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

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

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Vieuxtemps Concerto No. 5!!!

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Vieuxtemps Concerto No. 5...

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 definitely be involved in gigs and other music opportunities working and enjoying my time exploring Toronto as it is my first summer living here!

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 consume on average 6-7 meals a day! Always hungry.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
To me planning out your year and your summer is very important in order to maximize your performance opportunities. In the performance world nerves have destroyed me at times and the more you are exposed to pressure the more you learn how to cope.