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Aiden Russell, 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 ?
My dad actually recommended it to me when I didn't show much interest in the violin.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I hope to one day be part of a chamber ensemble, teach chamber music, teach privately, or even teach theory at a university level.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
I have been studying Goju-Ryu karate for the same amount of time as I have been playing cello, and about four years ago I started studying Okinawan Kobudo (weapons). When I was younger I played competitive badminton and was the top ranked badminton player in my age group until I got to be about 12 then music started to take over. I was also on the curling team in High School and even made it to the Provincial Championships (OFSAA).

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 ?

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Dvorak Cello Concerto

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

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Both of my parents play an instrument, and I took piano lessons when I was younger. I guess it just grew on me.

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 ?
Confidence in myself because all young classical musicians are pursuing the same careers, and the number of unemployed musicians is much greater than the number of available careers in music.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
I have never done it before, and this year we're going to 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'm hoping my small and large ensemble playing skills will improve. I am also excited to meet all the musicians and learn from them as well.

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?
Orford International Music Festival, working, or practicing intensely for the upcoming school year :)

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 won the Ottawa Youth Orchestra concerto competition in 2013.

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?
Don't Remember

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?
Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, NAC Bursary Competition