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Pier Martel-Harvey

QuéBec , Quebec , 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 ?
Because I tried to play once and I enjoyed it. I chosed clarinet as my instrument for a music program at high school.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I want to get a job in a professional orchestra. Most of it, I work as a musician in Canadian Forces in the Reserve. Up to the moment I'm going to get a job in an orchestra, I want to keep working in Forces and to have gigs in several orchestras.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
I like dancing salsa, foseball, reading, watching movies and playing 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 ?
Romain Guyot

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Poulenc's Oboe Sonata

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Copland's Clarinet Concerto.

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Because I like clarinet and playing music is part of myself. We have just one life and I decided to use it to do what I like despite the fact it isn't an easy job.

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 ?
To deal better with daily stress and find a good compromise between efficience and healthy lifestyle.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
I heard of it and it looks the be a very good orchestra stage

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 have never done an orchestra stage before. I'm sure that playing with other good students will help me to rise my abilities to play chamber music and orchestra repertoire.

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 for any other.

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 at the Citadelle de Québec with Canadian Forces.

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?
There are a couple, but the very proudest moment is when I got my Mastery with Distinction at the Conservatory.

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?
I have been recipients of Greif's scholarship. It is a 10 000$ scholarship I will use to do auditions for great schools of music in Europe and US. I also got a full scholarship of 5 000$ at McGill to do a Graduate Diploma in Perfomance with Todd Cope.