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Kiri Daust

Telkwa , British Columbia , 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 always knew that I wanted to play an instrument. When I was five, my parents took me to the final concert of the Northwest Fiddle Fest in Smithers, and I immediately fell in love with the violin. For the whole concert (even "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" played badly) I pretended that I was playing a violin. We got a violin a month later, and from then on, it's been a huge part of my life.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
Music and science are my two main passions. For years, I've been trying to decide whether to pursue a career in music or in science. I really enjoy teaching and doing research (I just returned from my fifth Canada Wide Science Fair) and I think being a college or university professor would be really fun. I love playing in orchestras, performing as a soloist and in groups and backing up folk musicians.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
I love science. I've completed a science fair project every year since grade 3, and the last five years have participated and won medals at the Canada Wide Science Fair. This year, I had the honour of being a participant at the Taiwan International Science Fair. I love using science to learn about the world, and then I enjoy sharing that knowledge. Baking is my favourite hobby. I love making fancy pastries, such as croissants. When my parents leave for a few hours, I will generally put on Bach organ music and bake. I also appreciate the outdoors. I love hiking, kayaking and backpacking, and we have lots of opportunity to do this, living in rural BC.

05. Do you write/arrange your own music?/ Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
Yes. Last year, I had the honour the performing a violin and viola concerto I wrote.

06. Who is your favourite classical musician?/ Quel est votre artiste (musicien) préféré ?
Itzhak Perlman

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Either Bruckner Symphony #4 or Beethoven Symphony #7

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
The Paganini Violin Concerto in D major.

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 love classical music and find that it reaches a place deep inside me. Listening to and playing classical music are some of my favourite things to do. think it's amazing how many different things a violin can do.

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 ?
I think classical music is hugely competitive. I want to have a family, and don't want to have to devote my whole life to my career.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
Because my teacher thought it would be an amazing experience for me.

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 that NYOC, apart from being super fun, will give me a great idea as to what the life of an orchestra musician is like, and will help me decide whether I could actually pursue music as a career.

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?
Yes--the Orchestra North Summer Program in Smithers. One of the groups I perform with, Twisted String, was invited to the Comox Music Festival.

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 probably be working on the Paganini violin concerto, performing at the Midsummer Music Festival, Kispiox Music Festival and Comox Music Festival with various groups, planning my science fair project for next year, visiting my grandparents, hiking and kayaking, baking, and making cheese

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?
Well, getting accepted to the NYOC is certainly one of them. Living in a small town in northern BC, I thought I had no chance of getting in. I could barely contain my excitement when I got the email, and am so looking forward to this summer. The other memorable experiences are the first time I played a concerto with our local orchestra when I was about 11, and last year, when I performed the violin and viola concerto I wrote with the orchestra north summer camp.

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?
For music, I've won string scholarships at regional music festivals. For science, I've won some scholarships to UBC and various other universities.

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?
I won the Integris Concerto Competition in Prince George and the Orchestra North Concerto Competition in Smithers, and gold medals at the Prince George and Burns Lake Music Festivals. I won a second place at the Taiwan Science Fair, and a bronze medal at the Canada Wide Science Fair.