Principal Flute, New York Philharmonic
We often hear the question: “Are music competitions necessary? Are they important?” For me, the answer is definitely yes! I participated in many competitions in my youth, including the Canadian Music Competition, both as a soloist and chamber musician with violinist Chantal Juillet — who, like me, is from Sherbrooke — and these experiences have greatly helped me, especially in preparing for international competitions, for auditions and for my career. Taking part in a competition can be an excellent stepping stone for young musicians, a fantastic motivator for them to set goals, to reach greater heights and to surpass themselves, both musically and personally. It is also a valuable opportunity for constructive feedback from the judges and to meet and listen to other young artists who inspire and stimulate. Listening to them teaches us a great deal and enables us to gage where we are and the work we need to do to pursue a musical career. Finally, it is an exceptional opportunity for the public to enjoy a variety of high-calibre young musicians who undoubtedly will go on to become great artists. It is therefore a great pleasure for me to be Artistic Ambassador for the 2013 CMC. Long live this competition!