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Emilie Grimes

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Hometown / ville
Maniwaki, QC

Age / âge


Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
I had started on the violin at the age of 7 but I switched to the viola at 13 because I preferred its richer and darker sound and I especially loved the resonating quality of the C string as opposed to the E string.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I hope to obtain the position of principal viola in one of the world's leading orchestras. I would also love to be a part of an established string quartet or other chamber group with which I would go on tour and partake in various concert series and music festivals.

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
I feel that participating in the NYOC will provide me with some of the skills necessary to play in a professional orchestra.

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
I like to read cook spend time with friends bike around the city and plan my next trip--I love to travel.

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
I don't have a favourite but I do love the Leipziger Streichquartett if they can count as one.

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
Again no favourites but I'm partial to Bob Dylan and Neil Young.

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Britten's cello suite #1 and Dylan's "Blood On The Tracks"

If you weren't touring with NYO Canada what would you be doing with your summer? / Si vous ne faisiez pas partie de NYO Canada que feriez-vous cet été?
I would be participating in another music festival and spending more time at the cottage with my family.

What is there about you that you think people might be surprised to know? / Y a-t-il quelque chose à votre propos qui est un peu surprenant ou hors de l’ordinaire?
I almost went into chemical engineering.