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Marlena Pellegrino

Montreal , Quebec , 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 don't exactly remember I'm pretty sure my parents just asked me and I said... yes.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I would love to play chamber music in both a classical and non-classical frame. It would be cool to travel with a group of musicians and play both standard and newly arranged works that we were really passionate about.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I suppose because it's something that's always been in my life. It just seemed natural that I would want to continue it in university.

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 is making sure you stay pro-active in your development. It's easy to get complacent in the hands of a large institution like a university. I think it's super important as a musician to find your own personal niche and explore all kinds of paths.

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 believe it will expand my horizon in terms of what is out there both musically and otherwise. I would like to come out with a new host of colleagues and above all a feeling of growth.

Do you write or arrange your own music? / Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
I like to improvise with friends

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

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
I am an avid movie buff I love to write poetry and have a definate passion for tasty food..whether I'm cooking in or eating out!

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

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

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

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Toots and the Maytals

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?
Probably trying to gig around or find some other music program to explore

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 own a pet lizard named Audrey

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Always enjoy what you're doing. Work hard but never lose sight of the joy!