A Q&A with the winner of the 2018 NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition
In May, violist Alisa Klebanov won the NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition, which provides recognition and financial support to help further the development of young musicians who have connections to the National Capital Region. Today, Alisa talks about how winning the award will help her achieve her goals.
Q: What did the competition mean for your growth as an artist?
A: I think as a growing artist, especially for musicians seeking an orchestral career, it is very important to participate in competitions such as the NAC Orchestra Bursary since it gives us an opportunity to experience what a professional audition would be like.
Q: How will the award help you achieve your goals?
A: Because of this award, I will be able to explore more options concerning my education. I will be auditioning to master programs for viola performance next year and now I can explore more options outside of Canada.
Q: What message would you like to send to NAC supporters who help make the NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition possible?
A: I would like to thank them for supporting the arts. Young aspiring musicians like me would not have gotten to where we are now without your generosity. This bursary is such a big step towards becoming a professional. Thank you for making it possible and for your support for the wonderful NAC Orchestra.