Christopher Jones, ON
Christopher Jones, ON
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 actually sort of began playing the bass by accident back in middle school because they didn't teach any guitar (the instrument I wanted to play at the time)! I decided to take up the electric bass instead, and it just felt right to me so I stuck with it. A lot of people have told me that I have really big hands (I've never met anybody with bigger hands than me!) and that they were better fit for the bass. I picked up the double bass in high school and I immediately fell in love with it! I love the sound of the bass and the supporting role we play in the orchestra.
03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
Like so many others, it has always been my dream to play in a full-time, professional symphony orchestra. But along with that, I would really like to teach, both as a private studio teacher and a classroom professor. I've been very fortunate to have had such phenomenal teachers over the years, and they have all inspired me to give back and pass on the great tradition of classical music! I also want to remain versatile and continue play jazz, rock and all kinds of stuff in addition to classical music.
04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
Having played it since I was five, Hockey has always been a favourite of mine (any Leafs fans here? :P). I love sports and being active in general, and I love to work out. Daily running and P90x are necessities in my life! I'm pretty much interested in anything that involves being outside, especially when the weather is nice. I'm also a big fan of food (and aren't we all?). I love it all (I do not discriminate!) and I am always down to get delicious food. I love to hang and I always look forward to meeting new people!
05. Do you write/arrange your own music?/ Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
Do my composition/theory class compositions count?
06. Who is your favourite classical musician?/ Quel est votre artiste (musicien) préféré ?
07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Very hard to chose one piece, but the Adagietto from Mahler's 5th Symphony will always have a very, very special place in my heart.
08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Bass Concerto? Hahahahahahaha..........Okay fine, I guess the Tubin concerto isn't TOO bad :).
10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I discovered my love and passion for classical music early on in high school. Music was always very important to me throughout my life, but I really felt that I “found myself” when I started to play in rock, jazz and classical music groups. I began playing in youth orchestra and I was enchanted by the sound and the experience of orchestral playing. I remember a particular moment while I was in the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra and we were performing side by side with members of the TSO at Roy Thompson Hall. I was so immersed in the experience and I knew indubitably at that moment that I wanted to be a classical musician.
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 ?
With the scarce amount of full time orchestra jobs that exist and the growing amount of young musicians with hopes of winning them, I think the competition level might be the biggest challenge that we face. Like any profession in the world, a career in music will not just come easily, because there are so many other musicians out there with the same hopes and dreams. On top of the competitiveness, I think the skill of being able to play your absolute best in an audition situation while under pressure is also very difficult.
12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
I saw NYOC perform Mahler's 5th Symphony a few years ago, and it inspired me to want to be apart of the program ever since! I knew NYOC would give me the opportunity to represent Canada while also gaining amazing orchestra experience and making tons of new (and reconnecting with many old) friends from all over our great country who share the same passion as me!
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'm sure a summer intensive program like NYOC will pack a very heavy workload, so I know I'll learn tons from all the time we spend in orchestra and with the amazing faculty! NYOC is also fantastic opportunity to meet lots of new people and establish new, life-long friendships! I also think it will foster an even greater love and passion for orchestral playing within me, as I have always had the most fun making music with friends and people that I have become closer to on account of spending so much time working together!
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?
NYOC was the only summer music program that I applied to this year.
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 back at home, working a summer job, practising a ton and spending lots of time with my friends and family!
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?
I think my proudest moment had to be when I performed at Carnegie Hall for the first time. I played under maestro Leonard Slatkin, guest soloist Glenn Dicterow and the Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra. It was my freshman year at MSM and I had never performed at Carnegie before, so being selected to play was a real treat and it meant a lot to me. The thought that I was standing on the same stage that so many legendary musicians had performed on made me feel like I had accomplished something, or that I was at least doing something right. My family came down from Canada just to see, so the whole experience was very special to me. I still think it is by far the best sounding hall I have ever played in.
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?
This year, part of my MSM scholarship was funded by the Theodore H. Barth Foundation Scholarship.