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Wesley Brenneis, AB

Torontio , 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 ?
Well I figured the Harp was just too difficult to carry around so I wanted to settle for something a bit easier. But seriously, it is my own opinion that there is no other instrument that sounds as beautiful as a double bass.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
To become a classical double bassist, anything in-between orchestra, chamber, or as a soloist.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
Nowadays when I'm not playing the bass you might find me at the gym. Then after that you will find me stuffing my face with delicious food.

05. Do you write/arrange your own music?/ Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
I don't have the time or patience to write music but I do enjoy arranging music every now and then.

06. Who is your favourite classical musician?/ Quel est votre artiste (musicien) préféré ?
I don't have a definitive answer for this as my opinion is constantly changing. Currently my favourite classical musician is Thomas Martin.

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
I have yet to find a single piece that takes the cake but I will say this: Brahms German Requiem.

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Bottesini Concerto No. 2

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
At this point I feel like if I were to pursue anything else I would probably go insane.

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 ?
Defiantly the audition process. 5 million hours of practice for 5 minutes. The attention to detail in a single 20 bar excerpt has to be perfect.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
Why not!

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?
Gain experience. Plus I like to meet new people who have similar career aspects as I.

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?
I did't apply to anything else.

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 a labour intensive constructionish type of job.

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?
I am proud to be with the NYOC this year. But the proudest moment was probably my teacher telling me that I might actually have a chance in making a career out of bass playing.

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?
Francis Winspear scholarship from the Edmonton Community Foundation