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David Dias da Silva


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01. How old were you when you started playing your instrument?/ Quel âge aviez-vous quand vous avez commencé à jouer votre instrument ?

02. Why did you choose your instrument?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
From very early I knew that I wanted to be a musician, more and less when I was with 10 years old. In this time I was already living in Portugal so I inscribe me in one music school. For get in this school I made easy admission exams and one of them was testing all orchestra instruments. The exam result was that I had facility for violin or clarinet and the school ask me to chose. Fortunately I always dreamed playing some woodwind instrument so I chose the clarinet, that actually was my preference before the admissions exams. Until now I don't know why the clarinet was the number one in my head but I always had more sensibility with this kind of sound, perhaps because of that... who knows!

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
1. Be a member in one of the biggest orchestras in the world. 2. Make a lot of chamber music projects recitals around the world. 3. Sensitize the people with this wonderfull art gift, making them feel everything that they cannot express normally

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
Theater, Dance and Cinema

05. Do you write/arrange your own music?/ Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
No really, but sometimes :-)

06. Who is your favourite classical musician?/ Quel est votre artiste (musicien) préféré ?
Emmanuel Pahud

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Sorry but with a wide variety is impossible to choose

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Mozart Concerto ist just genius

09. 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 l’ONJC ?
1. The wonderfull friends that I made for all my life. 2. The music quality that we create. 3. Know better the best country in the world, Canada. 4. The knowlegde that I acquired

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
The classical music is the most complex knowledge art in the world so that captivated me deeply. And because is the art style where you can feel above the five senses..

11. What do you think 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 ?
My biggest challenge is to be all the time in high level, that for a musician is quit hard to be. Make my career stable and controled and work all the time to be a better musician

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
Because I'm Canadian, because is all the time good play in your country with the besr young musicians and the best professionals

13. How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada?/ Comment bénéficierez-vous de votre participation dans le programme de NYO Canada?
Has the privilege of playing in my country plus learn and play with Canadian musicians and open me many doors for my music career. This is the benefit of NYOC!

14. Were you accepted to any other summer music programs this year?/ Avez-vous été accepté/e à tout autre programme musical estival cette année?
This was my unique summer program that I apply for

15. If you weren’t touring with the NYO Canada, what would you be doing during the summer?/ Si vous n’étiez pas en tournée avec NYO Canada, que feriez-vous cet été?
Small Holidays for sure, practicing of course and make some concerts to have money for support me the next year.

16. What was the proudest moment of your music career thus far?/ Jusqu’ici, quel est le moment de votre carrière musicale qui vous a apporté le plus de fierté?
I think I'm proud to make music in every moment, so all the moments are important in my career, each one in different way, but I'm proudest of all!

17. What scholarships, if any, have you been awarded in the past year?/ Quelles bourses, le cas échéant, avez-vous remporté au cours de la dernière année?
Scholarships from my school and from some foundation in Switzerland

18. What awards, if any, have you won in the past year?/ Quels prix, le cas échéant, avez-vous remporté au cours de la dernière année?
Kiefer Hablitzel in Bern - National Competiton

Do you participate in any other performing or creative arts?/ Êtes-vous artiste dans un autre milieu que la musique (théâtre, arts visuels, etc.) ?
Performing Arts

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

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Fado Amália Rodrigues

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 born in Canada and I grow up there until make 8 years old. After I went to Portugal finish my youth-life because my parents are Portuguese so I'm also Portuguese. And now I live in Switzerland. I like to be nomad!!!

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
If your dream is to be a musician why not. You need to be strong and fight with a lot of things think that the music is your best friend and sometimes you don't have a "normal life". You must be humble and ever wonder more have patience and work a lot. Listen more that says our reason and received more negative answer that have good news but after when you received one big news you will appreciate all this hard things and think that you love your job!