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Aiden Kleer

Toronto , CANADA

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French Horn

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 ?
When I entered music class in grade seven, I actually didn't know what a French horn was. I had never seen or [knowingly] heard a horn, and started on the trumpet. I had played for a couple of months when I heard some grade eight trumpet players saying that they’d tried the French horn, but that it was too difficult to play. Feeling the need to take on the most challenging instrument I could (for whatever reason), I asked my teacher if I could try the horn and consider switching. She taught me the C-major scale and I fell in love with the sound instantly. I haven’t felt the need to switch ever since.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
My most important goal is to love what I do, making music for a living. It is most important that, for whatever I end up doing, that I do it to the best of my ability. I hope to have a career that consists of orchestral and chamber performance, education/outreach, and hopefully some things that I have not even thought of.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
To be honest, I don’t think that I had much of a choice. From the time I began playing piano at age seven, making music became an essential part of my being. There is nothing in life that can fill the void the way that making music does.

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 ?
The biggest challenge is learning how to be patient. It s easy to be very critical and judgmental of ourselves which can be harmful to the musicians inside of us. If we want to enjoy having a career as a musician we have to learn to embrace our own journeys and be patient with ourselves.

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
Participants of the NYOC program receive extremely high caliber coaching from a truly dedicated faculty, and have the opportunity to perform incredible repertoire all over the country. Everyone involved is so passionate about what he or she does, making it an eye-opening experience that is one of a kind.

Do you write or arrange your own music? / Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
I've done arrangements for special occasions and for family weddings.

Do you participate in any other performing or creative arts?/ Êtes-vous artiste dans un autre milieu que la musique (théâtre, arts visuels, etc.) ?
No but I would love to learn how to paint.

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
Exploring outdoors the ocean badminton golf and sustainable consumption of food.

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
There are too many to choose from but a couple of my favourites are Radovan Vlatkovic and Kim Kashkashian

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

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Once again there are too many to choose from. Mahler's Ninth has to be one of my favourites though.

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
The Acorn

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 likely be participating in a different summer music program. However, I was most excited by the NYOC program and am thankful to have the opportunity to play with this orchestra again.

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 am fascinated by remote places. I am in love with the idea of being in a place where almost nobody else is. Having people around is nice and important too, but there is something special about being somewhere that is almost untouched.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
My advice is to focus on the things you love most about music, and to express those things every day. Get other people excited about music by showing them what it means to you. (Alternate) My advice is to ask yourself what makes you the most excited about classical music, and being a musician, and to express whatever that is to others every day. If we want other people to get excited about classical music, we first have to show them why music excites us. Some people don’t feel that “classical” music is relevant to their lives, and I feel like its our job to help others understand the value it has.

For returning members: What is your fondest memory from a previous session and/or tour? / Pour participants vétérans: Quels sont vos souvenirs préférés de la session ou tournée précédente de NYO Canada?
The fondest memories are from the incredible people I spent the session with. Dinner and fireworks over the Halifax harbor with great friends, soccer games under the stars in rural New Hampshire, and making music with such a passionate group of people.