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Mikela A Witjes

Kingston , 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 ?
I saw Itzhak Perlman on tv when I was 3 and was inspired to play the violin. The idea stuck and I begged my parents until I was allowed to take lessons.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I would love to have a career as an orchestral musician.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Playing the violin, and music in general, has afforded me many opportunities that I would not have had in the same ways otherwise; meeting so many interesting people, collaborating, and being exposed to so much diversity. Also, there is so much amazing repertoire!

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 to face in this field is maintaining balance in life while striving to produce the best possible end result artistically.

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
The learning experience I had with NYOC 2011, both in chamber and orchestra was amazing and there was so much to absorb. I am looking forward to getting even more out of the experience this summer.

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 ?
outdoors, cooking, reading, languages, health

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

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
I can't pick one

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1, Passacaglia

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Old pine - Ben Howard

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, teaching and practicing, possibly a summer music festival

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?
My favorite instrument to listen to is the cello.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Keep at it! Having music or any art in your life in one form or another is irreplaceable and so rewarding.

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?
Having the opportunity to perform in so many different venues.