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Eric Kavcic

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 ?
I wanted to play trumpet in the school band but there were already too many of them so my band director assigned me to the flute section. There's no escaping kismet.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
To foster and cultivate the love of music in diverse settings through diverse means is the goal of my dreams. As long as I am able to use music as a communicative tool, to support and move and teach others, I will be happy. I greatly enjoy performing and composing new music and hope to help others hone their art through teaching.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
I am an avid runner, walker, and reader. I love poetry (and try to write passable prose). TED talks may be a bit of an addiction. I greatly enjoying dancing (especially in public, much to the embarrassment of my sister.)

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 ?
Can there really be only one?

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Presently, Jocelyn Morlock's "Music of the Romantic Period."

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Christian Lindberg's "The World of Montuagretta"

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Nothing rational, that's for sure. Music made me its suitor.

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 ?
Remembering in the face of failure that music is a place of joy. Failing is an integral part of becoming a better musician/person and keeping that in mind is music's greatest challenge and its greatest gift.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
To create with and learn from people who love music as much as I do.

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?
NYO Canada offers an incredibly high calibre of instruction and a unique opportunity to participate in both chamber and orchestral performance opportunities. I feel this well-rounded approach will benefit my overall musicianship, rather than specific aspects of my 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?

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 full-time, attending masterclasses and travelling.

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?
Premiering new works by myself and my peers with my trio at the Kitchener-Waterloo Music Room in a concert I organized in association with the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society.

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 Dorothy M. Elliot Music Scholarship for Performance, President's Gold Scholarship