Profiles Search » Matt Nickel

Matt Nickel

Matt's avatar

Hometown / ville
Edmonton, Alberta

Age / âge


Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
I chose the bassoon because it was really strange and because a lot of people had no idea what it was. So I took it upon myself to be the odd one out and play it.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I'd really like to pursue a career in conducting an orchestra somewhere ideally at a university or college.

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'll benefit from not only the advanced orchestral training program but from the networking that will occur as well. Having the right contacts is usually about as important as ability.

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
I enjoy tinkering with computers and computer programs and I used to play Team Handball a lot before I got into University.

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
Leonard Bernstein

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
James Hetfield

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Schubert's Eighth Brahms' Fourth

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'd be working. Sad but true. Go retail!

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?
Something that might surprise a lot of people is that I have no idea what about me would surprise people.

For returning members: What is your fondest memory from a previous session and/or tour? / Pour participants vétérans: Quels sont vos souvenirs préférés de la session ou tournée précédente de NYO Canada?
Playing in some of the biggest and best concert halls in North America. That's a really uplifting feeling.