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Cole Morrison, AB

Calgary , Alberta , 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 ?
There was never really a clear moment of choice for me. One day I just woke up and decided that I am a bass player, so I bought an electric bass and eventually that led me to the concert hall playing what I now refer to as "big boy bass".

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I would love to perform full-time in a professional orchestra, while still being active as a composer and performer in smaller side projects.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
I enjoy running, biking, hiking uni-cycling, woodworking and jamming with musicians from other disciplines.

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 ?
There are too many to chose from. I am a fan of anyone who pushes the boundaries and is always furthering our art form.

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Alfred Schnittke's Concerto Grosso No.1

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Peter Maxwell Davis' Strathclyde Concerto No7 for Double Bass

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
The ease at which this industry allows those who are willing, to collaborate and produce a product that people from all walks of life can enjoy.

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 ?
I would say it is a tie between differentiating myself from the masses of talented musicians in the world and getting my cumbersome instrument to performances and auditions!

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
I enjoyed the rep that was originally posted for this season.

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 plan to make many contacts through my participation both with fellow budding musicians and hopefully with established professionals.

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?
I would hopefully be participating in another one of Canada's wonderful summer programs for classical musicians or performing, composing and exercising at home in Calgary.

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?
When I was fortunate enough to play well in an audition and begin playing with the Regina Symphony.

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?
The Jason Lang Scholarship