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Matthew Ross,

Sandys , BERMUDA

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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 ?
10 years old

02. Why did you choose your instrument?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
One of my good friends was learning the trumpet at the time so I wanted to try it too- He doesn't play anymore but I'm still trying to figure it out!

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I would like to be a professional orchestral musician in North America or Europe.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
I enjoy playing sports like hockey, tennis, squash, and soccer. My favourite NHL team is the Montreal Canadiens. Outside of sports I love playing Settlers of Catan and eating burritos!

05. Do you write/arrange your own music?/ Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
During my second year at university I wrote a 16 bar melody for a theory assignment but other than that my composition portfolio leaves something to be desired!

06. Who is your favourite classical musician?/ Quel est votre artiste (musicien) préféré ?
Too difficult to say! I love listening to Alison Balsom though.

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Depends what mood I'm in! I could listen to Mozart piano concertos all day though.

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Haydn Trumpet Concerto gotta go with the classics!

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 ?
In 2013 one of my fondest memories of the NYO Canada was the chamber music session it was the most productive brass quintet experience I've ever had!

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I initially wanted to pursue a classical music degree because I knew it would give me a solid musical foundation. After gaining more orchestral experience I fell in love with the music!

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 ?
There are a lot of professional orchestras around the world that are struggling financially and the jobs that are available are very competitive; and if you manage to win an audition there's no guarantee that you're going to keep the job.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
To have the opportunity to work with fantastic faculty and to play with very talented and hard working musicians.

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 I will learn a lot from the faculty members seminars and chamber music session. I am also looking forward to learning fantastic orchestral repertoire in a very positive environment.

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 probably be playing flugelhorn on a beach in Bermuda!

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?
Playing with the English Chamber Orchestra in the Bermuda Festival.

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 Shirley Dick Memorial Brass Scholarship (The Glenn Gould School)