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Blake Pouliot

These concerts are the North Carolina Symphony debut of Blake Pouliot.

Violinist Blake Pouliot’s 2022/23 season includes debuts with the symphony orchestras of Arkansas and Bangor, Oregon Symphony, and Symphony Tacoma, among others. He also widens his artistic lens by commissioning the world premiere of Derrick Skye’s God of the Gaps and returns to the National Youth Orchestra of Canada to embark on his second year as Artist in Residence.

Since his orchestral debut at age 11, Pouliot has performed with the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas, and Toronto, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Seattle Symphony, among many. Recent highlights include debuts with the Boise Philharmonic, Omaha Symphony, and The Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as being named Artist in Residence at Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal.

Pouliot released his debut album in 2019 to critical acclaim, including a five-star rating from BBC Music Magazine as well as a 2019 Juno Award nomination for Best Classical Album. 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, the 2018/19 season in Hawaii, and the 2021/22 season across Europe.

Pouliot graduated from the Colburn School Conservatory of Music and completed his training as an associate of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He performs on the 1729 Guarneri del Gesù on generous loan from an anonymous donor.