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Nicolas Richard, NB

Fredericton , New Brunswick , 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 happened to be participating in a summer music camp where I was playing the horn. The first night of the camp, there was a faculty concert where the horn teacher played a duet with the bassoon teacher. After really hearing the bassoon for the first time, I knew I had to play it.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
Although I do not intend to make a career out of music, I do intend to try to become the best musician I possibly can while having music be a part of my everyday life.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
I have a terribly nerdy love of math and the innate beauty that it brings along with it.

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 ?
I have far too many to choose only one!

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Mahler 9

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Jolivet Concerto

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Classical music gives me the chance to explore the many facets of my artistic side that I have trouble developing in other mediums. Also, the endless pursuit of perfection found in classical music drives me to always challenge myself, something that is really addicting.

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 believe that the low number of available positions and the high number of very qualified applicants is a a very big challenge for anyone trying to have a career in music.

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 challenge myself and to have the opportunity to work with a distinguished faculty.

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 surrounding myself with so many accomplished musicians will inspire me to make music at the highest level possible.

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 be working to help pay for university.

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?
Without a doubt it is getting accepted into the NYOC. It has been a dream of mine since I took up the bassoon and finally being able to participate in it truly is a great personal triumph.

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?
Various entrance scholarships