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Dave Burns

Toronto , Ontario , CANADA

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Hometown / ville
Thunder Bay

Age / âge


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 ?
The idea of gathering 50+ musicians in a room and having them make music together still astonishes me. To be honest I picked percussion because I liked to hit things. I still play percussion because of the trust we're given by musicians. Playing percussion make me want to dance and that makes me happy.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I dream to play in an orchestra that incorporates chamber music into their season.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Beethoven's Overture to Egmont

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 worry I'll be bogged down by the trivial

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 NYOC 54 seasons in has been and always will be the most important training institution in the country. For me to not take advantage of such an opportunity to work with such a faculty with such rigerous traning would be simply put juvenile and unwise.

Do you write or arrange your own music? / Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
I arrange percussion parts on rare occassions. I'm not nearly qualified for anymore.

Do you participate in any other performing or creative arts?/ Êtes-vous artiste dans un autre milieu que la musique (théâtre, arts visuels, etc.) ?
Not currently

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
I'm a big Manchester United fan.

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
Simon Rattle und Berliner Philharmoniker. No question

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
This is a very hard question... I grew up on popular music. To name just one would be like choosing my favourite parent.

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Right now Don Giovanni Act I Scene 10. An hour ago John Psathas' One Study. I've become too immersed to pick a single favourite. It truly is whatever is playing in my head or around me at the time.

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
1.8 GB's of good stuff.

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?
Thinking about doing NYOC.

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 filling out this form during the inevitable tacet's I have in the Wandelprobe for Mozart's opera Don Giovanni. Stage right Koerner Hall pit.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Induldge in life love and music.

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 whole experience is one blur of egoless joy