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Ethan Balakrishnan, ON

Ottawa , 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 ?
After our long-awaited trip to Disney World was cancelled due to a family illness, my dad pulled out his old, barely-functioning full-size violin from under his bed, and let me have a go at it in an effort to ease my dismay. I fooled around with it for a while before my parents, who thought I was quite good (I wasn't), decided to have me take lessons.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I hope to eventually become a member of a full-time professional orchestra, and to perform regularly in chamber ensembles.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
When I have time I enjoy distance running (I nearly beat 20 minutes for 5k a few years ago, but I still haven't improved that time). I also play saxophone (jazz mostly), and have done improv on sax and violin. I love molecular biology, physics, and sometimes math.

05. Do you write/arrange your own music?/ Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
I've tried and failed.

06. Who is your favourite classical musician?/ Quel est votre artiste (musicien) préféré ?
I'm not sure, different musicians are best for different styles.

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
The Execution of Stepan Razin, Op. 119 by Shostakovich, and Ravel's Introduction and Allegro

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Prokofiev 1 or Shosty 1

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Though I laughed at the idea only two years ago, I gradually realized that I would never be satisfied doing music "on the side," and also that I was happiest among other people who are passionate about classical music. I have also been encouraged by successes and victories in the past few years.

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 ?
Making a living in an increasingly unstable and competitive industry. Entrepreneurship skills will be very important.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
I have heard incredible things about the program from teachers, friends, and professionals.

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 that ensemble playing skills are extremely important, and NYOC will provide me with the best of both chamber and orchestral experience. It will also be super helpful to meet other people who will be entering the professional music world.

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?
Practicing technique, and possibly working a summer job in a biotechnology research lab in Montreal.

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?
Winning my youth orchestra concerto competition and performing the Conus Concerto, accompanied by my friends and colleagues, all of whom I highly respect. It was exhilarating, and such a huge honour.

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?
Full tuition to IU JSOM, Yamaha Kando Award, Multiple Kiwanis Scholarships, OYOA Rich Little Award

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?
Kiwanis Kinsmen Club Shield, Flora Matheson Goulden Trophy, Anantaraman Trophy (violin duet)