John-Paul Radelet, BC
John-Paul Radelet, BC
01. How old were you when you started playing your instrument?/ Quel âge aviez-vous quand vous avez commencé à jouer votre instrument ?
I started playing violin when I was four years old.
02. Why did you choose your instrument?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
I was an extremely hyper little child that had a great deal of difficulty standing still for more than a few seconds. As the myth goes, when I was three years old I was in Whistler with my family and we stumbled across a band that had a fiddler. I stood still for a good thirty minutes. From that point onwards I pestered my parents to let me play violin.
03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
Professional goals? That’s tricky. As far as music is concerned I’m planning to complete my Bachelors program and then go on to a Masters program. I’m not really certain as to what will happen after that, be it in music or something else. I have a few ideas, but those are not about to be revealed here!
04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
Fine arts: I love acting—last summer I had the opportunity to be an intern at Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival which was a great experience. I’m also a choral buff. For four years I had the opportunity to sing with Chor Leoni Men’s Choir as part of their PROMYS program. Sports: sailing (I grew up racing), windsurfing, bouldering, tennis, and skiing (my home mountain is Whistler—thanks Mom and Dad!). I’ve also competitively fenced and rowed (not simultaneously!). Languages have always excited me. During what would typically be categorized as elementary and high school (I was homeschooled—again, thanks Mom and Dad!), I studied the Classical Trivium extensively—Latin, logic, and rhetoric—and those subjects continue to intrigue me. I also love jamming with my younger brother (he also plays violin, but is an exceptional guitarist as well), but not playing Classical music. We’re big John Mayer fans, so we end up messing around with his music.
05. Do you write/arrange your own music?/ Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
Yes, however, typically not for violin. I enjoy writing for choral ensembles.
06. Who is your favourite classical musician?/ Quel est votre artiste (musicien) préféré ?
Gil Shaham and Renaud Capuçon.
07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
That's tricky... Barber Violin Concerto, Bach's solo Sonatas and Partitas, Enigma Variations... This is far too difficult to answer.
08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Barber’s concerto and Respighi’s “Concerto Gregoriano.”
10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I wasn’t precisely sure what I wanted to study in university, and my teacher, Jasper Wood, was nudging me to audition for the UBC School of Music. I decided that I would play violin for four years in post-secondary education and that would get it out of my system. The exact opposite has happened, and the last thing that music is to me is “out of my system.”
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 ?
Like I said, I don’t know if a “career” in music is what I’ll do. At this point I’m just thinking about my studies at university, so I’ll write regarding that. Before the B.Mus. program, music was something that I could go to that wasn’t related to the rest of my life in many ways. It was distinct from my academics and sports, and I could go to it and typically be free from the day to day pressures. But two years ago when I began studying music at UBC, I found that I wasn’t able to go to music to escape those aforementioned day to day pressures, as the music program was precisely what was causing them! Now I’ve learned that while the quotidian pressures are still very much present, I should put them aside when I pick up my violin to play and remember that I’m in music school because I love music so much. My biggest challenge I face as I head through the last years of my Bachelors degree and, God willing, my Masters degree, will be to remember that.
12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
My mom told me about it when I was ten years old or so, and it’s been something I've aspired to since.
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?
It will be enjoyable to have a summer where I can develop my skills as a violinist without worrying about studying theory and history! I’m really looking forward to playing with a group of excellent musicians, and becoming a better overall musician, myself. Making new friendships, strengthening old ones, will not be the least of the benefits that I will gain from participating in NYO Canada. I’m also excited to visit the parts of Canada that I have not yet visited, as well as playing in some awesome concert halls.
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 didn’t apply to any others. I placed all of my proverbial eggs in one basket.
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?
Likely working at the Disabled Sailing Association in Vancouver, though I’ll still be volunteering there some before and after NYOC, as well as taking part in Bard on the Beach's Riotous Youth again.
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?
That’s hard to say! Naming one moment is actually impossible. Some of my favourite moments include playing for my grandfather for the first time when I was five years old, I believe (just a short melody from Suzuki Book I), stepping off stage in small recitals growing up and seeing my family, opening my acceptance letter to music school. Beyond those, my proudest moments, and my favourite moments, are gradually achieving goals that I had dreamed of when I was little, such as attending NYO Canada. There's been such a plethora of great times that have come from playing violin: performing Mahler Resurrection this past April was most certainly one of the best experiences I've had!
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 Jacobus and Frances Jutte Memorial Scholarship. The Dena Wosk 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?
The Bishop Thomas J. Lobsinger, OMI Memorial Bursary Program. The UBC MUSA Creative Grant.