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Brian Zawadiuk

Coquitlam , British Columbia , 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 wasn't old enough to be aware of my choice. My parents handed me a cello.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I would like to develop a well rounded career that gives me the freedom to travel the world, performing as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
I enjoy being outside, playing various sports such as baseball, surfing and skiing. I dabble in composition, and I am little bit of a tv addict. I can't forget about Ping Pong and Settlers of Catan.

05. Do you write/arrange your own music?/ Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
I dabble

06. Who is your favourite classical musician?/ Quel est votre artiste (musicien) préféré ?
Depends on the day

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Depends on how I feel

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Shostakovich No. 1

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
On many occasions i've heard the wise words: "choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life", and I have found this love in classical music. As a person who never wants to grow up, never working a day in my life sounds pretty good.

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 ?
Achieving perfection

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
It was highly recommended by mentors, and alumni.

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 will gain experience in both orchestral and chamber 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?

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?
Yellow Barn Young Artists Program

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?
Last year, when Yo-Yo Ma was in Vancouver for a concert with the VSO, I was given the opportunity to play his Davidov Stradivarius, previously owned by Jaqueline Du Pre. It was a truly unforgettable experience.

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?
Received Scholarships from the Banff Centre, the Colburn School, and the Academie Villecroze