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Described as “immaculate, at once refined and impassioned,” (ArtsAtlanta) violinist Blake Pouliot (pool-
YACHT) has anchored himself among the ranks of classical phenoms. A tenacious young artist with a passion
that enraptures his audience in every performance, Pouliot has established himself as “one of those special talents
that comes along once in a lifetime” (Toronto Star).


Pouliot embarks on a fulfilling 2021/22 season that includes debuts with the Boise Philharmonic, Omaha
Symphony, Plano Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra and Winnipeg Symphony; return engagements with the
symphony orchestras of Vancouver, Naples, Nova Scotia, and Tallahassee; recitals in Sarasota, Miami and his
Philadelphia debut; and touring the works of Beethoven as returning Artist-in-Residence with NPR’s
Performance Today throughout Europe.


In the 2020/21 season, Pouliot was the Artist-in-Residence at Orchestre Métropolitain, deepening his relationship
with the orchestra’s music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, across a series of concerts and recorded projects. He
was also seen in performance with the Orchestre symphonique de Quebec, Reno Chamber Orchestra, and Buffalo
Philharmonic Orchestra. He curated and led chamber music programs presented by the Tallahassee Symphony
Orchestra and Artis-Naples and made his return to La Jolla Music Society SummerFest. A prolific recitalist and
chamber musician who has performed in Chicago, Los Angeles, Montreal, Rockport, and Toronto, Pouliot was
joined by pianist Hsing-I Huang at McGill University, University of Toronto, and the new RISE series in Miami.
 
Pouliot’s debut album, released on Analekta Records in 2019, features the works of Ravel and Debussy, and
earned a five-star rating from BBC Music Magazine as well as a 2019 Juno Award nomination for Best Classical
Album. Adding to his accolades that year, Pouliot won both the Career Development Award from the Women’s
Club of Toronto and the Virginia Parker Prize Career Grant from the Canada Arts Council. He has been featured
twice on Rob Kapilow’s What Makes it Great? series and was NPR’s Performance Today Artist-in-Residence for
the 2017-18 season in Minnesota and the 2018-19 season in Hawaii. In 2016, he was awarded the Grand Prize at
the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Manulife Competition.


Since his orchestral debut at age 11, Pouliot has performed with the orchestras of Aspen, Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas,
Madison, Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco, and Seattle, among many. Internationally, he has performed as
soloist with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria, Orchestras of the Americas on its South American
tour, and was the featured soloist for the first ever joint tour of the European Union Youth Orchestra and National
Youth Orchestra of Canada. He has collaborated with many musical luminaries including conductors Sir Neville
Marriner, David Afkham, Pablo Heras Casado, David Danzmyer, JoAnn Falletta, Marcelo Lehninger, Nicolas
McGegan, Alexander Prior, Vasily Petrenko and Thomas Sondergard.
Pouliot studied violin in Canada with Marie Berard and Erika Raum, and completed his training as an associate
of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He graduated from the Colburn School Conservatory of Music,
where he studied with Robert Lipsett, the Jascha Heifetz Distinguished Violin Chair.

Pouliot performs on the 1729 Guarneri del Gesù, on generous loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical
Instrument Bank as First Laureate of both their 2018 and 2015 Competition.

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