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Genevieve de Caen

Edmonton , Alberta , 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 was raised in a very musical family which encouraged musical enrichment. Consequently I grew up constantly listening to my sisters playing violin and cello and fell in love with the tonality of both instruments. Because of this I chose to play viola as it represented the best of both worlds.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I am currently pursuing my BMus in performance as well as my BSc in Biology in the attempt to help me grow as a musician whilst still pursuing my love of science. Hopefully this will in clarifying what exactly my goals are in terms of a musical career as I continue to explore and grow in terms of music.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I'm the youngest daughter in a family of musicians so I grew up in a very musically rich environment. In other words pursuing classical music was a family affair; it felt like the natural thing to do.

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 feel as though my biggest challenge I will face as I continue to explore classical music will be in maintaining a balance between music and the other passions in my life.

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 in playing with such a high caliber of musicians it truly raises the expectations that you have for yourself. This is a huge motivator because by immersing yourself in an environment with such passionate young musicians their enthusiasm for the art is intoxicating in a way that it pushes you to really explore your personal limits as a musician and continuously grow in your own musical expression.

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 ?
I'm very passionate about the field of biological sciences with the realm of evolutionary physiology as a topic that I find fascinating. I'm also an avid runner and have been involved in student government this past year at my post-secondary institution.

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

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

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis-Vaughan Williams

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Humble Me-Norah Jones

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 participating at the Domaine Forget Summer Program during July and spending the rest of my summer working catching up with friends and family and of course practicing.

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'm a closet trombonist-going through junior high and high school jazz trombone was something that I was passionate about.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Remember that music is about personal expression. As difficult as it is try not get engulfed by the pressure of competition and rather try to simply play in a manner that is true to yourself.

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 chamber music! With such great players the experience is truly incredible.