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September's Young artist is: Thomas Dobrovich

Thomas Dobrovich is a talented young pianist from Georgetown, Ontario who at the age of 19 has already achieved many notable musical accomplishments, including winning first place in the 2013 Canadian Music Competition 18 & under piano category and being the Silver Scholarship recipient in the 2014 Neapolitan Music Festival. We caught up with Thomas in the following 'Q' and 'A' interview, to learn more about him and his life as a young musician:

Q: How did your life as a pianist/musician begin?

TD: I took my first piano lessons at the age of 4, although once hiding under pianos and some of the other youthful shenanigans began to subside, I truly started my musical studies when I was 5 years old. I also started saxophone at about 12. I was always very fortunate to have parents who greatly valued the importance of music, my Dad always playing guitar and having an innate musical ear, and Mom being a music teacher and owning her own music studio. But I was about 10 when I really started to take piano seriously.

Q: What is your all-time favorite piece of music to perform, and why?

TD: It's so hard to chose only one! My favourites are always changing, but I've consistently enjoyed performing the works of Sergei Rachmaninoff. I've always loved Russian music, and the thick textures and dark melodic lines of his music make it so profound to both perform and listen to.

Q: Who or what has been your biggest musical influence as a music student?

TD: My biggest influences throughout my musical studies up until this point have always been the mentors and teachers I have studied with throughout the years, as well as my parents and family. They have always given me much inspiration and helped me through so much - the good as well as the bad. I'm very fortunate to currently be studying with the incredible Yaroslav Pugach, and longtime friend and concert pianist Ron Greidanus.

Q: What other hobbies do you enjoy in addition to school and music?

TD: I most enjoy spending time in the company of my closest friends and family. I have always enjoyed sports, and although now I spend much of my time practicing and teaching piano, I still love to play racquet sports, mostly tennis and squash. Reading is also wonderful, as it provides perspective and thought-provoking insight into so much, as well as watching films.

Q: What projects are you currently working on?

TD: At the moment I'm teaching for two music schools as well as privately, with about 40 students total, to save up for my education and future. I also just completed my ARCT exam, so I will be aiming to prepare for the Licentiate examination next summer. I'm looking forward to applying for and beginning university next September.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years time in the world of music?

TD: I am going to pursue an undergraduate degree in Piano Performance, and would like to progress to graduate studies afterwards, in hopes of becoming an adjudicator, examiner and hopefully one day a teacher/professor of music.

Check out Thomas Dobrovich playing Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, 1st Movement in the video below:

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