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Roland Gjernes, BC

Ottawa , 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 ?
My parents tell me that as a child I always loved the sound of the cello. My Grandma played cello a little, and I was frequently exposed to recordings featuring the cello. So naturally, when my parents asked me what instrument I wanted to play, I said cello.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I thoroughly enjoy playing in ensembles with other musicians and being able to share music with other people. I hope that I will continue to be able to experience and share music in a group setting as I move into my career.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
I really love to spend time with other people, read books and make room to be outdoors. Hiking might be one of my favourite things to do besides music.

05. Do you write/arrange your own music?/ Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
I do not write my own music, but occasionally I enjoy arranging music.

06. Who is your favourite classical musician?/ Quel est votre artiste (musicien) préféré ?
Giovanni Sollima

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Mendelssohn's Piano trio No. 2 in c minor, Op. 66

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Schumann Cello 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 ?
Some of the best memories I have of NYOC come from the tour. Being able to explore different cities and perform with friends always makes for a great time.

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I decided to pursue music because I realized that I wouldn't be able to stop playing cello after I finished high school. Music had been such a large part of my life and something that I had enjoyed enough that I wasn't going to be able to give it up.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
I applied to the NYOC because of the great musical opportunities that it offered.

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 only applied to the NYOC

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?
If I wasn't with the NYOC I would have been spending a lot of time preparing for a masters program in the fall, and just working on my own skill as a player.

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?
Perhaps the proudest moment of my career was having the opportunity to play Schumann's cello concerto with my universities orchestra.

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?
Nicole Senécal Scholarship in Music

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?
Grazyna Bacewicz String Instrument Performance Award