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Gregory Burns

Calgary , 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 ?
In band class we had the chance to try out every instrument. Trombone was the only one that I actually found both challenging and easy! I learned of its noble history and took to it immediately.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
Win a position in a major orchestra or chamber group travel the world performing music and learning from other cultures organize a private teaching studio with one-on-one lessons and chamber music coaching the list goes on.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I have an obsession with the history of the great composers of the orchestras and conductors that premiered the great masterworks of the culture of learning and understanding that brings Western musical tradition together not to mention that I am obsessed with learning performance technique and expressing myself through music!

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 ?
Too many musicians not enough positions. So I must try to find different ways to find success that may be off the beaten path.

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 want to meet more people who are in the same career path. I also think I need more experience in an orchestral setting. Besides the repertoire looks fantastic!

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 ?
Reading philosophy the history of science and classic literature. Seeing live theatre and watching opera on video or in person.

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

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

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Wagner's Ring Cycle or Bruckner's Eighth

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
J.S. Bach Cantata

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?
Going to the International Trombone Festival attending the Calgary Stampede and teaching the local junior-high marching band traveling to large cities to visit museums and see live performances.

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've performed as an extra musician with the Red Deer Symphony and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra since 2011.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Don't sweat the big stuff. Just keep practicing the basics and make them sound better and better day by day. Get to the point where you can concentrate on communicating a story not playing the right notes.