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Bryn Wiley

Calgary , Alberta , 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 ?
It was the first one I came in contact with, and I was determined to find out how to play it. Once I started, I had absolutely no desire to ever stop.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
The first goal is to become a musical professional! This involves mastering the instrument, literature and science of music, and then gaining as much musical experiences needed to become a competent player. After this process is complete, I will have an accurate assessment of my abilities, and I can start to make reasonable goals accordingly. With the tiny amount of knowledge at my disposal now, I can strive to develop my abilities in chamber and 20th century repertoire for the piano, as I feel I can create an engaging concert experience with this music.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
Nothing spectacular!

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 ?
Glenn Gould

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Steve Reich's Octet

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Einojuhani Rautavaara's Piano Concerto 1

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
To pursue a life in music was an easy decision to make for me, purely out the enjoyment and fulfillment I experience. Classical music treats musicality as a scholarly and intellectual pursuit, in order to magnify what is written on the page, or even to manufacture a more personal depth to music. This analytical framework is immensely attractive to me, along with the music analyzed: that of creative meaning. To pursue classical music is to make myself happy through something so suited for me.

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 ?
Developing a network strong enough to help me carve a niche in the classical performance world.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
I felt what the program had to offer me was perfect for my stage of development as a performer.

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?
The varied experiences, especially as a keyboard player, will be the greatest benefit of the program. In addition, the networking with faculty and all the other students in the orchestra will be invaluable to my 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?
The SICPP (Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice)

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?
Either playing in the SICPP or working in a fish and chips shop.

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 with an orchestra for the first time as a soloist. It was with the Calgary Civic Symphony as a winner of the Calgary Concerto Competition, playing Turina's Rhapsodia Sinfonica

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?
Schulich Scholarship at McGill University

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?
A finalist at the most recent Knigge Competition