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Bryce Penny, ON

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 ?
7 years old

02. Why did you choose your instrument?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
I started playing the violin at age four, but soon switched to cello, after meeting Daniel Domb, listening to my first cello teacher and family friend Andrew McIntosh play, and hearing the Dvorak cello concerto.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I'd like to continue becoming more proficient on my instrument, and be a part of a professional quartet or chamber group.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
I like reading, spending time with friends, and taking naps in the practice rooms after a hard day's work.

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 ?
Right now,I'm enjoying Jean-Guihen Queras' recordings.

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Shostakovich Piano concerto, Poulenc cello sonata

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
The Shostakovich concertos

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 ?
I really enjoyed last year's Montreal performance in Maison Symphonique, there was so much energy during that performance. I also enjoyed eating pizza, drinking chocolate milk, exploring, playing frisbee, and playing music with my friends!

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I realized that I would not enjoy a career in anything that is mostly academic, and I might as well pursue something I enjoy! Music lets me do something tactile and express myself at the same time.

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 ?
At the moment, my challenge is balancing school and practice.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
I was part of the program last year, and I loved it!

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 get to learn new repertoire, meet and work with new people, and visit portugal! It sounds like an all around great experience! I also look forward to seeing and working with the friends I made last year, that are returning as well! Like last year, I expect to grow a lot from my experiences touring with the NYO.

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?
Most probably another summer music program.

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?
The B flat I played that one time was phenominal. But in all seriousness, listening to last year's Rachmaninoff recording we made at NYO was a pretty proud one.