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Jonathan Elliotson

Orangeville , CANADA

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Hometown / ville
Collingwood, Ontario

01. How old were you when you started playing your instrument?/ Quel âge aviez-vous quand vous avez commencé à jouer votre instrument ?
Eight years old.

02. Why did you choose your instrument?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
My whole family including my parents played trumpet.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I would love to be in a major orchestra one day, also to record and perform as a soloist, to name a few.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
I love to play ultimate frisbee, photography, and anything that has to do with water.

05. Do you write/arrange your own music?/ Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
A little bit over the past couple of years, but not too much yet.

06. Who is your favourite classical musician?/ Quel est votre artiste (musicien) préféré ?
Phil Smith. Hands down.

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Gustav Mahler's Fifth Symphony. A bit cliché but it's true.

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Probably the Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto.

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Beyond the endless fascination and satisfaction that comes from making and enjoying great music and performances, it was the first concert I got paid for. I asked my dad looking up from the cheque, "people do this for a living?" After that it was a no-brainer.

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 ?
It is most definitely the trifecta of trying to practice to achieve a high level of excellence while meeting the academic and performance requirements of being in full time studies as well as trying to work enough to support yourself financially.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
Every musician that does NYO has success in some way.

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 what it will be like in the real world. The training will help me pursue highest level of performance I can possibly achieve. It will also give me the tools I need in order to survive in an orchestra.

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 be practicing as hard as I can as well as working as much as I can to offset expenses for next year so I can take as many auditions as possible.

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?
It's tied between performing with the Toronto Symphony and playing first trumpet on Mahler's Fifth Symphony.

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 Humber Club scholarship of the Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival.