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Nicolas Richard, NB

Fredericton , New Brunswick , 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 ?
I happened to be participating in a summer music camp where I was playing the horn. The first night of the camp, there was a faculty concert where the horn teacher played a duet with the bassoon teacher. After really hearing the bassoon for the first time, I knew I had to play it. I'm fortunate to have had parents that fully supported the crazy idea I had to play something as silly as the "bassoon".

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
It is a dream of mine to have music be an integral part of my everyday professional life. Whether that involves playing in a full-time orchestra, teaching, or some other musical vocation, I want to live a life in music.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
I have a very strange but very real love of mathematics!

05. Do you write/arrange your own music?/ Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?

06. Who is your favourite classical musician?/ Quel est votre artiste (musicien) préféré ?
Mitsuko Uchida

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Beethoven's 4th Symphony, aside from its daunting last movement.

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Jolivet Concerto

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 ?
For me, it was travelling through the beautiful mountains on the way to Calgary from Vancouver. It made me realize how little I had seen in my own country and how much I have yet to see!

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I think just not being able to let go of any part of the process. Practicing, studying, rehearsing, performing, and even something as strange as making reeds have become so intertwined with my self that I would feel a large part of myself would be missing if I weren't continually pursuing 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 so many incredible musicians that are able to fill so few positions that the competition in the classical music world poses a great challenge for everyone that pursues music at a high level.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
The great faculty, the immersive environment, and the opportunity to play great music!

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?
The chance to work so closely with many of Canada's greatest orchestra professionals as well as the hardworking musicians that make up the orchestra make it possible for me to gain a wide perspective to further many facets of my own playing.

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 only applied to NYO Canada.

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 working a reception job, practicing, and (perhaps this is a bit too optimistic) making lots of reeds.

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?
Anytime I get to perform some of the greatest music ever written with colleagues that inspire me makes me proud.

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?
Academic scholarships.

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?