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Blake Pouliot

Blake Pouliot violin

Twenty-two-year-old Canadian violinist Blake Pouliot is the Grand Prize winner of the 2016 Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal Manulife Competition. A charismatic and multifaceted performer, Mr. Pouliot has garnered many accolades as a concert violinist, starred in two successful films, made numerous television appearances, and performed as keyboardist in an award-winning pop band. Since his solo orchestral debut with the Toronto Trinity Chamber Orchestra at age 11, Mr. Pouliot has performed as soloist with orchestras including the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Jefferson Symphony Orchestra (Colorado), North York Concert Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Colburn Orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. He has performed with many of the world’s most celebrated conductors, including Sir Neville Marriner, Nicolas McGegan, Tito Muñoz, Carl St. Clair, Alain Trudel, and Hugh Wolff. Mr. Pouliot has also performed recitals in Chicago, Los Angeles, and was featured on Rob Kapilow’s What Makes it Great? series at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. Upcoming performances in 2017 include debuts with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Pouliot is currently studying with Robert Lipsett, the Jascha Heifetz Distinguished Violin Chair at the Colburn Conservatory. As first laureate of their 2015 competition, Mr. Pouliot performs on the 1729 Guarneri del Gesù, on generous loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank.

Visit Blake Pouliot at http://www.blakepouliot.com

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