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Alastair Chaplin

Kingston , 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 something loud, but I'm not coordinated enough for drums. Also, my Dad had played trumpet in High School, so we had one in the house.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I would like to play in a professional symphony orchestra, and teach at the post-secondary level.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
Cooking, reading, squash. I also watch a lot of hockey and baseball.

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 ?
Trumpet player: Alison Balsom. Composers: Beethoven and Mahler

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Mahler's Symphony No. 2

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
It's not a concerto, but the Hindemith Sonata for Trumpet and Piano

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 ?
Getting the opportunity last summer to spend five weeks immersed in Mahler's Ninth Symphony was one of the most musically rewarding experiences of my life. It has become one of my favourite pieces, and I hope I get to play it again someday.

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I can't remember a time when I didn't love classical music. It engages me in a way that other musical styles don't. There isn't a better feeling in the world than sitting in an orchestra that's playing a great piece and adding your voice to it. I couldn't go through life not being part of that.

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 ?
Orchestras everywhere are struggling to survive, so the number of jobs available is shrinking. At the same time, more and more exceptional students are being produced, so the market is getting increasingly competitive all the time.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
I had an amazing time last summer, and I learned a lot.

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?
There is no substitute for experience. No amount of personal practice will make you good at playing in an orchestra; you just have to do it. The amount of rehearsal and performance time at NYOC, and the high caliber of the musicians, make it an amazing learning environment.

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?

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?
Living and working in Toronto.

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?
Being offered the Award of Excellence for this summer's NYOC.

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?

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?

Do you participate in any other performing or creative arts?/ Êtes-vous artiste dans un autre milieu que la musique (théâtre, arts visuels, etc.) ?
No. I used to do some acting in high school

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
It depends on my mood.

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherezade played by Dutoit and the OSM

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?
When I was in high school I was on my school's Improv comedy team and we went to national finals.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Talent makes you the best player at your high school. That's about as far as it'll get you. Everything else you have to earn.