Since his orchestral debut at age 11, violinist Blake Pouliot has joined the upper echelons of brilliant soloists, establishing himself as a consummate 21st century artist with the rigor and passion to shine for a lifetime. At 27-years-old the tenacious violinist has been praised by the Toronto Star as, “one of those special talents that comes along once in a lifetime.”

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 in Los Angeles, where he studied with Robert Lipsett, the Jascha Heifetz Distinguished Violin Chair.

Pouliot has twice been featured on CBC’s “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30”. He’s also hosted CBC’s This is my Music, was featured on Rob Kapilow’s What Makes it Great? series, and was NPR’s Performance Today Artist-in-Residence during the 2017-18 season in Minnesota.

His debut CD was nominated for a 2019 Canadian Classical Music JUNO Award. Pouliot is currently Orchestre Metropolitain’s Soloist-in-Residence under the guidance of Musical Director and Principal Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

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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Blake Pouliot is also an accomplished pianist, having taken piano lessons at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto up until the end of his high schooling.