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Leonardo Ziporyn, AB

Watertown , Massachusetts , UNITED STATES

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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 was intrigued by the sound, and it seemed like it would be small and easy to carry. Plus, it was different. To this day I still think it is one of the most unique instruments in the orchestra.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I aspire to play in a professional orchestra. I am also interested in other areas of music outside the oboe, such as conducting, singing, musicology and music theory, and I hope to keep those interests alive while also bringing this great music to a wider audience

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
I love astrophysics and maps!

05. Do you write/arrange your own music?/ Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
Not extensively

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 ?
I don't have one (although there are some favourites). Honestly, I find most music I hear to be inspiring, engaging, and moving.

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
I don't have a favourite oboe concerto necessarily. However, I think Mozart's Gran Partita is one of the greatest pieces out there that features wind instruments.

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 ?
There are so many incredible memories, I couldn't choose one!

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Music has been something very important to me since I was a little kid. I find it to be so emotionally exhilarating, and also enjoy dissecting scores in an analytical way. But the main thing that appeals to me about performing music is the feeling you get when you work with a group of people to make one big emotional statement to an audience. Nothing in the world beats that feeling!

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 ?
It's hard to find a stable source of income while doing what you love.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
I had a great time my past two summers there.

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?
My last two summers with NYO have been so eye-opening and satisfying both musically and personally. It was also a wonderful chance to connect with and perform for so many members of my family who live all across the country. Plus, who could say no to free hotel rooms in so many great Canadian cities!

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?
No comment...

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?
That's a great question!

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?
Any time I get to perform a great piece of music with other great musicians makes me proud.

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?
Scholarships from Oberlin, McGill, MIT, and of course NYO.

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?
See above

Do you participate in any other performing or creative arts?/ Êtes-vous artiste dans un autre milieu que la musique (théâtre, arts visuels, etc.) ?
I used to act in High School.

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
Stan Rogers

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Ravel Piano Concerto in G

What is there about you that you think people might be surprised to know? / Y a-t-il quelque chose à votre propos qui est un peu surprenant ou hors de l’ordinaire?
I am a huge fan of British comedy.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
The best way to get better at something is to really enjoy doing it and to be interested in the process. It's good to remember that when things get difficult.