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Dylan Hunter

Cobourg , Ontario , 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 started playing the cello in my father's Grade 5 music class. We went to see the Toronto Symphony on a school trip and I was pretty psyched about the double bass demonstration. I made the switch the next school year.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I would like to find some form of fulfilling musical employment (whether in an orchestra or chamber ensemble) that will pay the bills so that I can work in a field that I am passionate about.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
I am a huge sports fan and player, particularly hockey and soccer. I enjoy reading scholarly books on the social sciences. I am also an enthusiastic consumer of video games of all genres.

05. Do you write/arrange your own music?/ Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
Playing the double bass is fulfilling and time-consuming enough for the moment

06. Who is your favourite classical musician?/ Quel est votre artiste (musicien) préféré ?
There are so many great musicians out there that it is impossible to pick just one.

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
I know this is cheating, but all of Stravinsky's ballets.

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
I'm pretty into Bottesini's Concerto in C# minor.

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 ?
Daily Ultimate and/or soccer games. Evening relaxation after long days of mentally exhausting playing.

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I realized two things: I enjoyed it a lot and I was good at it. Seemed like a good idea.

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 ?
As of late, staying engaged and passionate. When I do something, I need to be trying my best and improving constantly or I get down on myself. I thought I might quit altogether a year ago, but somehow I am now more driven than ever.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
It's a great opportunity to study great works with great musicians.

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?
Being put in a situation where everyone in an ensemble is trying their best and improving together over a short span of time is inspiring.

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?
Didn't even apply to any.

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 have likely sought some form of employment while I try and sort out a university graduation timeline.

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?
Everything to do with the Schleswig-Holstein Academy Orchestra in the summer of 2012. Best large ensemble I've ever played in. We played in great venues around Germany and Austria.

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?