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Elvina Fernandes

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Hometown / ville
Panaji, Goa (India)

Age / âge


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 drawn to the sound produced by the viola it perfectly completes the gap between the violin's treble and the cello's bass with elegant ease.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I wish to play professionally in a symphony orchestra someday. But primarily I'd like to play really very well and be comfortable with a high standard of playing and performance.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Classical music has a rich historic background and intertwined in this history are the struggles musicians and composers faced in terms of love money respect recognition social issues etc. I'm honoured to understand this music as on some level I get where all this is coming from and can sit back and let it wash over me( without thinking of Tom and Jerry!!) I derive great joy from the fact that I can actually reproduce this great music on my instrument and add my personal touch to it.

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 am overwhelmed by modern music my fear is that in my inability to understand it thoroughly I may lose sight of myself as a modern day musician. Also of course finding a job in music is not so easy in India.

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 sure it will be an extremely rewarding experience. I know I will definitely be a much better musician through my participation in the NYOC after meeting the excellent faculty and talented orchestra members.

Do you write or arrange your own music? / Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
Yes I arrange music for small groups of students.

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 ?
Singing craft Reading cooking/baking drawing Making music learning aids

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

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
None in particular

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Mozart's Gran Partita: without a doubt

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

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?
Teaching at my music school.

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 play the flute!

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Always trust your instincts it is our God given GPS guiding us through life.