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Joshua Yuan

Toronto , 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 ?
After watching many orchestra concerts as a child, the stage became my dream destination. I started playing the piano when I was four, and later switched to cello because I wished to play in an orchestra. I just loved the beautiful tone that a cello could produce.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I hope that music will always be an aspect of my life. I would love to continue performing in the future.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
Apart from playing the cello, I enjoy swimming with friends, as well as designing and creating computer programs. I have a passion for developing computer games.

05. Do you write/arrange your own music?/ Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
I have written a few pieces for piano.

06. Who is your favourite classical musician?/ Quel est votre artiste (musicien) préféré ?
Yo-Yo Ma

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
I love playing and listening to all of the cello suites by Bach.

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Dvořák Cello Concerto in B 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 ?

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
My parents encouraged me to pursue classical music at a very young age. I feel that music compliments my intellectual abilities, and it is an important aspect of my creative life as an artist and musician. Classical music gives me another powerful way of expressing myself.

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 ?
Balancing my musical and academic education with my social life has always been a challenge. Being a musician in the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, a student in the Taylor Academy, and a student in a specialized high school program has given me a very busy schedule.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
I chose to apply to the NYOC to become a better musician and expand my network of talented 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?
Participating in the NYOC will help me decide whether or not I truly want to go into music for the rest of my life. In addition, I will learn chamber and orchestral pieces that I will likely play again in the future.

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 did not apply to another summer music program.

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 going on vacation with my family!

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?
I recently received my associate diploma in Cello Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music.

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?
Last year, I was awarded the Robert C. Smith 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?
Last year, I won the music award at my high school.