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Michaela Parker

Oshawa , 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 actually began on the violin when I was 7. When I was 3 or 4 years old my family and I went camping in British Columbia. In the campsite next to ours I remember watching a girl play her violin. This was my first time ever seeing and hearing a string instrument up close. It was so captivating! I began playing with a youth orchestra and string quartet when I was 8. My teacher who was also the director of the orchestra and string quartet had me play the violin 3 parts. Soon after he suggested that I switch to viola saying that I would one day have the arms of a violist. And so I switched. It was the best decision of my life!

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
After I complete my BMus at Wilfrid Laurier University I hope to continue my studies eventually completing a masters program. My all-time dream is to be a part of a professional orchestra.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Music has always been a big part of my life. My mother is a piano teacher and so I was immersed in it from a very young age. When I was younger the only way I could fall asleep was if there was classical music playing. I remember having to wean myself off it! I find that I can express more through it than through actual words.

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 to be able to have a steady job. There are so many amazing musicians in the world that the level of competition is so high. I know that there are a lot of other opportunities available for musicians such as freelancing so I m really up for anything!

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 really excited to work with the other members and to be coached by amazing musicians. As well as learning the repertoire we are playing this year!

Do you write or arrange your own music? / Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
I do not.

Do you participate in any other performing or creative arts?/ Êtes-vous artiste dans un autre milieu que la musique (théâtre, arts visuels, etc.) ?
When I was in elementary and high school I played flute in band and sang in choir!

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
I enjoy running being with others reading playing video games and hiking!

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

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

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Right now it would have to be Brahms Symphony No. 3 or his Clarinet/Viola Sonatas Op.120.

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

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 be attending other summer programs taking lessons and possibly working.

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 love to exercise! I ve become an avid exerciser in the last year and a half or so when I found out that I had tendonitis in both of my arms. I really struggled with it but found that working out helped a lot. I ve seen so much improvement since then!

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
I would say to always remember the love you have for that instrument and music in general. We all go through highs and lows getting frustrated and discouraged is very common. Though instead of giving up we can take that experience and grow from it. In the end it s totally worth fighting for what you love.