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Josh Brintnell

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Hometown / ville
Ottawa, Ontario

Age / âge


Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
In the Ontario school system if you wanted to play the saxophone you had to learn clarinet first. So I picked the clarinet because I wanted to learn jazz saxophone. I excelled at the clarinet and my teacher encouraged me to stick with it and perhaps pursue a career as a professional musician- and so I did.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
In this fast paced world we live in I just want to find a way to share music with people and hopefully make some money doing so. A job in a professional orchestra is what I'm aiming for.

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 be playing great repertoire and I will be working with great musicians. It's a great learning opportunity. I can't be sure exactly what I will learn this year but I can be certain that I will develop some way or another.

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
When I need to get away from music I find there is no better way than going to the gym or cooking--or cleaning for that matter. You know I've had a really stressful week when my apartment is really clean. Sleep is another one of my favorite non music activities.

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
I've tried to pick a few but I just can't. There are so many fabulous musicians in the world...

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
Right now I kind of have a thing for Ella Fitzgerald. But again that will change by next week anyways.

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Various Mozart Symphonies and Opera excerpts

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?
Working at starbucks...Doing chamber music maybe doing a recital.

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?
Not really sure about this one

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?
Hanging out and having wine and gluten free pizza after a long day of reherasals