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Jing Liu

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 ?
Technically my parents chose it for me but I stuck with it because I guess I liked the sound (and still do!)

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
To get a position in a symphony orchestra to play in an orchestra that records the awesome soundtracks for movies like Lord of the Rings and to actively be part of an organization that dedicates its time to the welfare of animals.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I would say I have two loves: music and animals. I've been immersed in music for practically my whole life and ever since grade 11 biology and chemistry showed me that I pretty much don't have a science brain to go into animal science and I'm decent at playing the violin music was the clear choice.

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 ?
Being able to balance my passion with financial stability. As much as people say that doing what you love makes you happy the reality is that money is important too. I'd like to be able to provide a good education for my kids some day which is sometimes stressful to think about when I think about what I've chosen to do as a career.

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've never attended orchestra boot camp so this should be fun.

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 ?
Animals reading fiction novels eating food (not to be confused with loving food because I don't love food I love to eat food).

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
I don't have one

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
I don't have one but definitely not Justin Bieber

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
How can you even ask that question are you aware of how many pieces are out there?

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
8tracks mixes of sleep music and movie and character soundtracks.

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?
Working at Olympiads (it's like Kumon) and trying to get up-to-date with the 20+ TV shows I follow.

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 wouldn't say I have a phobia of holes but they're highly disturbing. I only like mushrooms if they're on pizza. I don't like pineapples. I have a cat even though I'm allergic to cats. I've been told I'm free-spirited and happy-go-lucky and I'm also pretty stubborn. I don't and have never held a grudge. I love balloons.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Successful people are those who are passionate about what they do. Remember that what you do is for yourself not for anybody else. Everybody has bad days but don't ever give up. People complain about getting old so live in the moment but make plans for the future.