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Rafael Piesiur

Beaumont , Alberta , 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 was about to attend a music elementary school and I had to choose an instrument to play. I saw an orchestra playing on TV and I was so enthralled by the violinists that my mind was immediately set!

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I am still undecided whether I want to pursue engineering or music as a career... Right now I'm focusing on creating opportunities in both fields by obtaining education and experience and, hopefully, the choice will become clearer in the future.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
I am an avid cyclist. I'm also very interested in soccer and tennis and I'm quite passionate about cooking!

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 ?
James Ehnes

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Elgar violin concerto

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Even though my parents aren't musicians, I grew up in a household where classical music (and especially the violin) was constantly played. I think that, in a way, classical music has nurtured me since I was a child and will remain with me forever.

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 ?
The biggest challenge for me will be choosing between pursuing music or engineering as a career.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
Several friends were applying and the prospect of going to Portugal was irresistible.

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 feel that meeting so many new people with similar interests will be a fantastic experience. I also feel that the program will be very educational and inspiring and I hope that it will improve by musicianship.

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 have tried to find an engineering job as part of my coop program at the University of Alberta. If I wouldn't have been able to find a job, however, I would most likely be visiting my grandparents in Poland.

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?
Other than being accepted to NYO, I would have to say that winning the Alberta provincial music festival is my proudest musical moment.