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James Enns, ON

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How old were you when you started playing your instrument? / Quel âge aviez-vous quand vous avez commencé à jouer votre instrument ?
7 years old

Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
My parents were both musicians piano and violin respectably. I really would just fiddle around with the many violins that were out from and young age and when they felt I was old enough I started lessons.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
There are so many options in music but I would say ideally playing in an orchestra and being a violin professor at a university.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Being surrounded by it my whole life there really hasn't been a doubt in my mind that music is what I have wanted to do. It was always what was going to happen.

What 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 ?
Keeping the work ethic consistently to keep a high level of performance. Music is fun but practice is not always fun. Just getting up every day and doing it is so important.

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
I feel that it will give me the immersion in orchestral music that I have not had quite yet. The intensity of rehearsing and playing could bring anyone to the next level.

Do you write or arrange your own music? / Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?

Do you participate in any other performing or creative arts?/ Êtes-vous artiste dans un autre milieu que la musique (théâtre, arts visuels, etc.) ?
Improvising with friends

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
Sports (especially baseball) Politics Philosophy and I love to cook.

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
At the moment Leonid Kavakos

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

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Currently Brahms Symphony No.4 in E minor

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Brahms Symphony No.4 in E minor

If you weren't touring with NYO Canada what would you be doing with your summer? / Si vous ne faisiez pas partie de NYO Canada que feriez-vous cet été?
Most likely either Orford Domaine Forget of Orchestre Fracophonie.

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?
If it wasn't for music. My dream would be to play for the Toronto Blue Jays. Baseball is something that I've grown up with just as much as music.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Practice practice practice and perform perform perform. Keeping consistent focused practice is what makes all the great musicians great!