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Matt Moore, ON

Scarborough , Ontario , 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 grew up playing piano and cornet in the Salvation Army but drums always seemed more interesting to me. When I got the chance to switch to percussion I had so much fun I never went back to my other instruments.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
My professional goals are to play in a major Canadian orchestra and to be a part of the increasing awareness of percussive arts in Canada with the hope of providing future generations of Canadian percussionists with a higher quality and number of resources right here in Canada. Not sure how I'm going to do that, but the desire is there.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
My main interest is playing music. My favourite hobby is Salvation Army brass banding.

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 ?
Bob Becker.

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Mahler 6.

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
William Kraft Timpani Concerto No. 1.

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 ?
Playing Edgard Varese's Ionization with both NYO students and professional percussionists who were in town with the Canadian National Brass Project. The quality of playing was very high and the time together was a lot of fun too!

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I decided to pursue classical music because I find it very interesting. This genre of music has an enormous range of personalities and colours. As a percussionist, I love playing a big part in creating these different personalities and colours based off of what mallets, instruments, techniques and touch I use. I find the amount of creativity that goes into performing specifically classical percussion music extremely intriguing.

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 ?
Winning an audition and getting a job in an orchestra.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
I chose to apply to NYO Canada because I loved playing with the orchestra last year!

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 over the course of NYO Canada I will mature a lot musically, I will gain a lot of experience playing and touring with a great orchestra, and I will meet many people from across Canada who will be great contacts and friends throughout my musical career. Also, I'll get to visit the amazing country of Portugal; somewhere I have not been before!

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?

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?
PRACTICING! All day, every day. Gotta love the fact that you can do that with percussion.

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?
Being a finalist in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Section Percussion National Audition last year. It was a great adventure and I learned a lot from it.

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?
Avedis Zildjian Percussion Scholarship.

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?
NYO Canada 2016 Award of Excellence.