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Kimiko Suzuki

Stoney Creek , 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 viola in Grade 6 for my school's strings program - my older sister played violin at the time so I was interested in Classical strings, and I just loved the register and timbre of the viola.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I love being able to collaborate with other musicians in creative ways, especially chamber music, and I would love to be able to find a way to share my passion to inspire others. I will be studying Music Therapy at Concordia University starting September 2015, and I hope to use my music to help improve quality of life for those who need it.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
I love to do a lot of cooking - the Food Network is one of the only channels I'll ever watch on TV!

05. Do you write/arrange your own music?/ Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
I've been writing arrangements for a long time, but I'm not so good at composing... I'd love to get better at it!

06. Who is your favourite classical musician?/ Quel est votre artiste (musicien) préféré ?
So hard to choose... but I love the Kronos Quartet!

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
If I had to pick, probably Shostakovich Symphony No. 10

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
I have a close connection to the Walton Viola 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 ?

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I used to listen to CDs of Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zuckerman to help me sleep at night as a child, and I guess something stuck with me! There's also something so timeless and exciting about going to see a great orchestra or soloist perform live.

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 ?
There are so many great violists out there, and everyone is so dedicated to their craft. Also, I started at a later age than most people. I just try to keep in mind that everyone has something unique and compelling to offer!

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
I heard so many great things from fellow musicians, and I'm hoping to increase my orchestral repertoire.

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've never gone on a national orchestral tour like this, and I feel I'll have a lot to learn from such an intensive experience!

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?
I applied to other ones, but NYOC was my first choice and I accepted right away!

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?
Probably just spending time around Toronto, playing chamber music with friends.

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?
Playing and completing my graduating senior recital this past April!

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?
The Peggie Sampson Scholarship for Music at York University (2013)

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?
The TSYO sound post Award (2013)