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Toby Winarto

Toronto , CANADA

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02. Why did you choose your instrument?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
Before I started playing the viola, I was a violinist for about 11 years. After I was rejected from the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists 2013-2014 season, I was asked to re-audition for the following year on viola. I took this as an opportunity to try something new and expand my musical horizons. Little did I know that I would love the instrument and soon decide to switch over completely to the viola.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I want to be able to support myself as a working musician. My ideal job would be to play in a professional orchestra and/or be a member of an active chamber group.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
I really enjoy film/film making and video games.

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 ?
Itzhak Perlman

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Walton - Partita for Orchestra

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

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Since before the day I was born, music has been a huge part of my life. When I started playing classical music, it was only natural for me to pursue it.

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 ?
I find that the biggest challenge that I have had to face and will continue to face is the constant competition from those around me; especially my peers.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
My friends who have been in NYO Canada in the past recommended me to apply.

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 repertoire that we will be performing will expand my knowledge of music.

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?
No, I didn't apply to any other summer music programs

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 have stayed at my school, Manhattan School of Music, and worked there.

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?
Getting accepted to the Manhattan School of Music with scholarship after having played viola for only just over a year and a half before auditioning.

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?
Ruth Chatfield String Instrument Scholarship Fund