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Charles Cayer

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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 ?
My mom's a cellist. Free lessons for eight years!

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I hope to pursue an education and career in law while maintaining classical music on a semi-professional level on the side.

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

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 ?

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 networking potential is absolutely tremendous as is the repertoire.

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.) ?
As often as I can.

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
I am really into languages and want to speak as many as I can. Currently working on Spanish and German. I enjoy singing in barbershop quartets and am involved in student leadership.

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
Emerson String Quartet

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
Simon and Garfunkel. Really.

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?

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

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?
I would be working a summer job.

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 look great in purple.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
An excellent question! When learning to play an instrument don't restrict yourself to the study of music. Rather treat it like a huge cultural voyage. All art from paintings to poetry to music and everything in between are connected in their ideas themes and style. To better understand Tchaikovsky one could read the works of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. To better perform Debussy one can understand the paintings of Monet and Cézanne. This will give you a better understanding of the artistic context of the music and perhaps give you new expressive ideas for the work. Culture is your domain explore it!

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?
Exploring the beautiful campus of UWO with my section on a sunny afternoon. Hopefully Waterloo will be just as exciting!