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Anna Wang, BC

Montreal , 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 ?
My parents decided to buy a piano, so naturally I ended up "choosing" it.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I hope to become a professor in Theory and Analysis and influence people to open their ears to the intricacies that underlie great musical works. My ambition is not only to heighten musicians’ sensitivity to the repertoire they perform, but to somehow “afflict those who have yet to be afflicted” with the same transfixing love of classical music that has found me and my colleagues. Why? Because it’s glorious music, and music that can teach us a lot about ourselves and humanity. For example, listening to classical music is actually quite a demanding activity--it requires diligent attention. It thus teaches us to actively seek out beauty, rather than passively waiting for it, in our engagement with life.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
I love to read, cook, take long walks, spend time with family, friends and my cat. Whenever I go to a new city, I love exploring its oldest or most established libraries for the feeling that worlds and worlds of ideas are within my reach. I also like sampling the ambience of small, privately-run cafes, and often with a companion to get some work done in good company. I like doing things impromptu.

05. Do you write/arrange your own music?/ Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
I've tried here and there.

06. Who is your favourite classical musician?/ Quel est votre artiste (musicien) préféré ?
Pogorelich and Sokolov. Also, Aimi Kobayashi, whose playing has always been an inspiration to me.

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Schubert String Quintet in C major

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Mozart's Jeunehomme concerto, or G major concerto.

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 ?
Presenting Dvorak Quintet with my chamber group: Carolyn, Yuchen, Greg, and Roland. It was such a thrilling and memorable experience, definitely one of the most special performances I have given thanks to the great group I had!

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
To answer this I need to bring you back in time to a winter four years ago, when my family and I were huddled in the car driving home from a skiing trip. I had my iPod on, and as usual it was turned down to around 30% volume (because I was, in those days, overly-paranoid of hearing loss). The track was Liszt's B minor Sonata, performed by Leslie Howard. I don't know exactly what it was, but something compelled me to throw my cares out the window and turn up the volume for once. Maybe it was the exasperation of never being able to actually hear anything more than a vague blur of the softer sections, and at that moment I was at a particularly delicate section featuring chromatic passages (which I didn't actually know before turning up the volume). So I swiped my thumb rightwards across the touch pad, and instantly, was struck with an incredible feeling. It was as if my ear was opening up to music for the first time in my life. I was utterly mesmerized by the way the tones so exquisitely unfolded into the air and space about me. I heard colours I had never realized existed. Those few seconds of Liszt touched my life in a wonderful way. Because of it, I started to explore (and listen at a higher volume to) other works of classical music, and I found so much charm, power, and beauty in what I heard. It is difficult to not pursue classical music once one experiences its magic.

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 ?
Myself. The psychological hurdles that performers must overcome is probably what poses the most significant challenge. I am trying to reach that state where I no longer struggle against myself, and can instead feel my mental and physical self at a natural ease when I play on stage.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
Last year was such a fabulous time!

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 will improve my chamber musicianship, and meet and play alongside superb people. I'll be exposed to repertoire that I am not familiar with (NYO makes a point of incorporating interesting contemporary works), and deepen my understanding of what it means to play as a solo instrument vs. what it means to play within the huge mechanism that is an orchestra (as well as what aspects I could potentially bring from one to another).

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?
Working on music theoretical topics and educating myself on broader subjects to do with justice, psychology and world affairs.

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 accepted into my dream school, McGill University.

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?
Dorothy Morton Piano Award, Schulich Award, Renewable Entrance Award

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?
CFMTA Essay Award, Undergraduate Category