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Nate Bomans, BC

North Saanich , British Columbia , CANADA

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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 ?
I wanted to play either the violin or the cello, and I ended up choosing the violin because it was smaller and easier to carry around.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I would like to be a professional musician some day. I hope to play in an orchestra or chamber group, or of course as a soloist.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
I enjoy reading, playing sports, and am interested in photography and science. Also, I enjoy pretty much all animals.

05. Do you write/arrange your own music?/ Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?

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

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Strauss' Ein Alpensymphonie.

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Beethoven's Violin Concerto.

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 ?
I was a part of NYO Canada in 2013, and my fondest memory of the tour was playing Mahler's 9th symphony in Edmonton. There was such a powerful atmosphere in the hall during and after the performance, I'll never forget it.

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Music has always been a big part of my life. However, I really decided that I wanted to pursue it when I realized sometime in high school that I enjoyed playing the violin over all of the subjects I was taking and sports that I was playing. I love how music is a combination of both the technical challenges of playing and also the freedom of expression it offers.

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 ?
I think the biggest challenge is being able to stay disciplined in my own practicing. It is so easy to get distracted or just not practice, and I think it is necessary to develop good discipline if you want to become a professional musician.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
I really enjoy the experience of learning so much rep so quickly with friends.

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?
I believe that there are many benefits to NYO Canada. First, simply learning so much rep is an enriching experience. Second, you get to meet so many other people that are like-minded and enjoy playing music just as much. Third, NYO is a great lesson on how to manage your own body properly and deal with stress, due to the long hours of orchestral playing every day, where it is easy to develop bad habits that don't go away quickly. I also enjoy the combination of both chamber and orchestral music, and how one program covers almost the whole spectrum of collaboration in music.

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?
Yes, Aspen Music Festival.

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?
I would be attending Aspen Music Festival.

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?
My proudest moment thus far was being part of the chamber orchestra from Indiana University that went to Seoul, South Korea, to play a series of concerts. It was not perhaps my most glamorous and show-off moment, but it felt really good to play with an orchestra in a chamber-like setting and represent my school over in Korea.

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?
Premier Young Artists Award - Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Domaine Forget Scholarship

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?
Runner-up, Kuttner Quartet Competition