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Joshua Shin

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 ?
My mom suggested the cello to me when I was young. To be honest I didn't like it very much at first, but over time I've grown to love its deep, beautiful sound and versatility.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
My professional career goals aren't music related (probably working in a STEM field after university), but I’m planning to continue playing in orchestras and chamber groups in the future and occasionally performing solo repertoire.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
reading (I like dystopian literature and biographies), watching movies/documentaries, watching Friends episodes, beatboxing, math, more math, computer programming

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 ?
Mstislav Rostropovich

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Dvorak Symphony No. 9

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme

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 interest in classical music actually came many years after I started the cello. In grade 9 I was playing Dvorak Symphony No. 9 with my orchestra in a concert, and during the last few moments of the final movement I felt this incredible, indescribable sense of joy from playing the music collectively with all these other musicians. It was an enlightening moment for me, and as we took a bow at the end of the concert, I knew for sure that classical music (and particularly orchestral playing) would always be an integral part of my life.

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 ?
Finding the time and motivation to practice, and the cost. A career in classical music can be so expensive.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
The chance to work with amazing musicians and meet lifelong friends that share a common passion in music (and the fact that it`s free!).

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 think the experience of being completely immersed in ensemble playing for the summer would definitely help my musical development.

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 didn’t 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?
Doing research in a lab at the University of 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?
My final Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra concert.

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?
A Kiwanis Club of Toronto Foundation scholarship and the “Yo-Yo Ma” award from the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra

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?