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 only 25-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 has performed with the Detroit, Dallas, Milwaukee, Montreal, San Francisco, Seattle, and Toronto symphonies, among others. His debut album earned a five-star rating from BBC Music Magazine and a 2019 Juno Award nomination for Best Classical Album. Pouliot was named Grand Prize winner of the 2016 Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Manulife Competition
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.
Quickly becoming recognized as today’s most sought after collaborative pianist, Hsin-I has been praised on concert stages in Germany, Russia, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. In the US, Hsin-I has played in esteemed venues such as Disney Hall and Zipper Hall. She has collaborated with many artists such as Margaret Batjer, Andrew Shulman, Sheryl Staples, Chee-Yun Kim, Simone Porter, William Hagen, Blake Pouliot, Jacob Braun, LA Philharmonic principal horn Andrew Bain, associate principal violist Dale Hikawa Silverman and cellist Tao Ni. Passionate about constantly growing as an artist and helping others grow, she regularly collaborates with students in master classes of Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School of Music.
Hsin-I has made guest appearances at such venues as LA Philharmonic Chamber Music, Aspen Music Festival, Ravinia BGH Classics series, NPR’s Performance Today, Sundays Live at LACMA, South Bay Chamber Music Society, and Innsbrook Institute.
Hsin-I is also an accomplished cellist, winning many National competitions in Taiwan before completely focusing on collaborative piano.