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Hannah Craig, ON

Scarborough , Ontario , 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 ?

02. Why did you choose your instrument?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
There has never been a moment in which I was not around the cello. My mom is a cellist and while my parents never really intended for me to play the cello, it's been a natural part of my life right from the get go, and there has never been any reason for me to not play. "The cello chose me", is a really cheesy way of putting it, but it's not entirely false.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
Ideally, I would love to be able to give many recitals, and perform with many orchestras in halls around the world. This might be a lofty goal, but it's not unattainable! Eventually, I will get my Doctorate of Music so that I can have a studio in a university. At the end of the day, I just want to play cello everyday, so I will find a way to make it happen.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
I am a really big fan of plants and animals, and I think they are also a big fan of me. While I don't have a garden to call my own, I've filled my apartment with a lot of happy plants. I also love interacting with animals of all sorts, because they are all really great. When I'm not practicing or adopting new plant children, I'm reading or watching Arrested Development.

05. Do you write/arrange your own music?/ Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
The only music I've written has been for a cadenza. I hope to write all my own cadenzas, one day.

06. Who is your favourite classical musician?/ Quel est votre artiste (musicien) préféré ?
Truls Mork. I will never, ever forget hearing his live performance of the Grieg Sonata.

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Pianissimo by Peter Vasks. It's gives me more goosebumps every time I hear it performed.

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Today, the Barber Cello Concerto. Tomorrow, it will probably be something different.

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 ?
On the 2013 tour, every performance of Mahler 9 was fantastic. The marshmallow/spam/crouton pizza was also special.

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Performing for people and sharing my music with others is definitely the most fulfilling part of my life. I like that it's given me purpose.

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 ?
My greatest challenge is to not be set back by the challenges. It's very easy to become disheartened and disappointed, but we cannot let ourselves spend too much time dwelling in our sorrow. Resilience is key! It's most important to learn from our mistakes and to find a way to become stronger and better.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?

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's a really great chance to learn super- awesome repertoire.

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?
In May, I was a Fellow at the Piatigorsky Internation Cello Festival.

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 think I would give a couple of recitals and try to record as much music 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?
When people approach me after a performance and tell me how much they enjoyed the experience and/or how beautifully I played, I'm filled with a lot of joy and am reminded of why I love sharing music with others.

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 Lloyd Carr-Harris Scholarship, and a travel scholarship to LA for the Piatigorsky Festival.

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?
Fellowship to the Piatigorsky Festival