Twenty-year-old Canadian violinist Blake Pouliot is a gifted and multi-faceted performer. Trained both as a musician and an actor, Mr. Pouliot has starred in two award-winning films, made numerous television appearances, performed as keyboardist in an award-winning pop band, and garnered many accolades as a concert violinist.
Since his solo orchestral debut with the Toronto Trinity Chamber Orchestra at the age of 11, Mr. Pouliot has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, North York Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic, and the Jefferson City (CO) Symphony. During the 2014–15 season, Mr. Pouliot makes his debut with the Calgary Philharmonic as well as his Walt Disney Concert Hall debut with the Colburn Orchestra, Sir Neville Marriner conducting.
During the summer of 2013, Mr. Pouliot toured Canada performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada as a result of being awarded the Canada Council for the Arts’ Michael Measures Prize. Mr. Pouliot has also had the honor of performing a private recital for Canadian Prime Minister Stephan Harper. In February 2014, he was featured on national radio by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Mr. Pouliot had the opportunity to utilize his acting skills in a musical setting as narrator in a performance of Peter and the Wolf with the American Youth Symphony at Royce Hall in Los Angeles in 2013. A composer as well as a performer, Mr. Pouliot earned first prize for his piano composition, Starlight on Water, at the 2010 Canadian Contemporary Music Festival.
Mr. Pouliot has attended the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Starling-DeLay Symposium at The Juilliard School, and the Canadian National Music Festival where in 2011 he won First Prize for Strings as well as the interdisciplinary Grand Prize. He has participated in master classes with many internationally renowned musicians including Pinchas Zukerman, Yo-Yo Ma, James Ehnes, and Leila Josefowicz, and has served as concertmaster of several orchestras, including the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, the New Music Festival Orchestra at the University of Toronto, and the Colburn Orchestra.
Mr. Pouliot’s studied violin in Canada with Marie Berard and Erika Raum, and he completed his training as an Associate of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He is currently a Performance Diploma candidate at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, California, where he studies with Robert Lipsett, the Jascha Heifetz Distinguished Violin Chair.