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Samuel Fraser

Rochester , New York , UNITED STATES

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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 remember my initial rationale. However I am happy that my pursuit of music via the bassoon has worked out thus far.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I want to play a role in helping to keep orchestral music relevant in our western culture. Playing in an orchestra with other great artists is somewhere on my list of professional goals as well. Making a living while doing this would be nice in addition these goals.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I love playing classical music especially in the context of an orchestra. The feeling of doing so is like none other. With that in mind I wouldn't want to limit myself in saying that I'm pursing one genre of music in particular. I'm interested in listening to and playing all kinds of music not just the classics alone.

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 ?
Fighting the voice of self doubt.

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 feel that I will benefit from having the privilege to play with some of the best orchestral youth players in the country along with the the training from some of the best professional orchestra players in Canada. Being exposed to such a high level of collective excellence will undoubtedly be an amazing inspiration.

Do you write or arrange your own music? / Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
On occasion i'll scribble something down. Nothing special yet.

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 was enrolled in a multidisciplinary arts program in middle school through high school which gave me a taste of the four main fields of the creative arts: music dance visual arts and drama. Currently I am only active in music.

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
All the natural sciences.

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
Too many to choices.

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
Sarah Vaughan and/or Steven Wilson

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Too many choices.

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg by Richard Wagner

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 practicing bassoon during the day seeing friends during the afternoon and working at the local movie theatre by night.

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 a cat person.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
If you play a wind instrument slow scales and long tone practice is essential. It is also important to keep in mind that you're never going to perfect everything in one sitting. Patience!