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Josiah Baarbé, ON

Ottawa , 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 ?
8 years old

02. Why did you choose your instrument?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
My violin teacher exclaimed that I was a violist when she saw my fat, clumsy fingers. I didn't initially start on the viola until my older siblings wanted to start a string quartet and, being the youngest in the ensemble, I was given a 1/2 sized violin with viola strings.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
My hope is to complete my Bachelors in Music at the University of Ottawa. Afterwards, I speculate the possibilities of completing a masters in performance but there are so many avenues to consider.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
books, philosophy, cross-country skiing and uni-cycling.

05. Do you write/arrange your own music?/ Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
A little but nothing too serious

06. Who is your favourite classical musician?/ Quel est votre artiste (musicien) préféré ?
Noah Benix-Balgley & David Aaron Carpenter & Stephen Hough

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
The piece I'm currently .

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Harold in Italy by Berlioz

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Playing the viola enabled me to grow and discover possibilities and worlds beyond imagination that, at the end of the day, I simply could never part ways with my instrument.

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 ?
Patience is a difficult virtue which I'm constantly battling. But there are several challenges besides practicing the virtue of patience. The need for a new instrument and financing education are realistic challenges which I'm trying to work through.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
To learn, gain experience, and be equipped violistically speaking.

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 feel that my vocation on the viola will be enhanced in several ways as I continue exploring new repertoire and challenge myself in such an exciting and intensive environment.

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?
Working hard and making money for tuition. (And of course, I would be practicing a lot!)

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 the Orford Orchestra at the Maison Symphonique de Montreal.