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Madeline Hocking

Vancouver , British Columbia , CANADA

Hometown / ville
Powell River

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 ?
Pretty much ever since I was old enough to form sentences I was talking about wanting to play the violin and asking my parents for lessons. I don`t remember the reason behind my choice but I do know from what my family told me I was VERY emphatic. My parents speculate that my desire to play the violin came from the Offenbach and Verdi they played on the stereo system when I was a toddler. My sister and I would form elaborate dance routines to the music involving jumping off furniture and running laps around the dining room table. We took it very seriously and would put on theatrical performances for my parents every night. It may have been these activities that prompted me to learn to play music or it may have been my father`s musical inclinations. Neither of my parents were musically trained but my father liked to teach himself Chopin nocturnes on the piano and would write guitar music and I remember wanting the to do the same someday.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
It s tough to pinpoint a specific goal...Mainly I want to go as far in my career as my abilities can take me and master the instrument to the point where I can express my imagined version of the music with facility. I am drawn toward chamber music because I like the intimate setting where everyone participates in developing a collective musical interpretation while also expressing their own style. I am also very much interested in composing which so far I haven t done nearly as much as I d like to.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
As said above initially my decision to play classical music probably came from listening and dancing to it as a toddler. During my childhood I would play violin constantly (at school during recess on ferry rides or busking at the farmer`s market) for the love of it but would rarely practice seriously. Beginning when I was about ten my parents began to host annual barbecue dinners for members of the touring symphony. The members of this symphony have since become some of my greatest friends and mentors and as a young child they inspired and encouraged me tremendously. Then when I was about twelve I had an incredible experience performing in the annual Festival of Performing Arts in Powell River. This particular performance made me feel indescribably happy and inspired. After that I began to view violin-playing as something more meaningful in my life and realized I wanted to pursue music as a career. From then on I worked much more vigorously and through frequent commutes to Vancouver for lessons I began to fine-tune my grasp of stylistic and technical concepts.

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 ?
There are so many & but I think now and for many years to come a big challenge will be learning to reliably find the total focus necessary to practice effectively construct a well-thought-out interpretation of a piece and perform unaffected by nerves.

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
NYOC will be a great opportunity to meet other young musicians get valuable orchestral experience and travel Canada.

Do you write or arrange your own music? / Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
Yes occasionally. I wish I could say I have done more.

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 have played the piano since a young age and more recently I have started acting in movies.

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
Astronomy writing hiking travelling physics reading soccer badminton biology photography painting fun math problems collecting rocks sculpting drawing cartoons chemistry film-making psychology.

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
I wish I could answer with a concise decisive response. But it`s impossible. There are too many amazing artists out there!

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
As in the case of the question above.. if there was enough space I would write an essay about this topic. But even then I don't think I would come to a conclusion.

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

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Rammstein `Du Hast Mich`.

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?
The time would probably be divided between music camps and various outdoorsy excursions with my four dogs.

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?
Hmm... I wanted to be an astrophysicist/painter/novelist/inventor/cartoonist before I wanted to be a violinist. I still secretly hope that I can fit in my previous career choice on the side though that might be difficult.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Keep in mind that all forms of art are by nature subjective and often a matter of personal taste so don`t be too discouraged by a negative opinion of one adjudicator. Perform as frequently as possible and listen to as much music as possible. Practice now while you have lots of spare time! Also never miss out on an opportunity to meet new artists or travel to a different musical setting.