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Fiona Robson, ON

London , 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 started out on violin but switched to cello because the weekend music program I was a part of was in desperate need of little cellists. It also meant I'd be able to join orchestra sooner, which had always been the dream.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
Every time I do something new I'm convinced it's what I want to do professionally. I love chamber music, orchestral playing, solo performing and teaching, so ideally I'd want to involve all of these things in my career.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
Cross country skiing, running, and baking cookies.

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 ?
Matt Haimovitz

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
The entire sixth Bach cello suite

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
At the moment I love Dvorak and Schumann the most.

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I can't imagine doing anything other than music. What really convinced me was attending the Piatigorsky Cello Festival in 2012. After watching and playing with so many incredible musicians that week, I knew that cello was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

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's not easy finding jobs in the classical music field but for now the most important challenge is to keep working as hard as I can to get better, without being distracted by all the fun things to do in Montreal.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
I've wanted to be part of NYO since I saw them perform in London when I was young. Also Portugal!

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 think I'll make important connections and friendships with the great faculty and other musicians, while learning some really exciting repertoire in a fantastic 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?
Heifetz International Music Institute

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?
Probably Heifetz or another summer music program.

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 played Gulda's jazzy cello concerto with a real live band this year which was pretty cool. Getting into NYO was a proud accomplishment too!

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?
A McGill music entrance scholarship