KU Symphony Orchestra with guest Blake Pouliot, violin

Conducted by Carolyn Watson

Blake Pouliot, 24-year-old Canadian violinist, is a charismatic and multifaceted performer who has garnered many accolades, such as becoming the 2016 Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Manulife Competition Grand Prize Winner. Since his solo orchestral debut with the Toronto Trinity Chamber Orchestra at age 11, he has appeared with the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria and the Colburn Orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, among others. Pouliot has performed with many of the world’s most celebrated conductors, including Sir Neville Marriner, Nicolas McGegan and Tito Muñoz, to name a few. He performs on the 1729 Guarneri del Gesù, on generous loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank as First Laureate of their 2015 Competition.

Pouliot will perform the Brahms Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 with the KU Symphony Orchestra (KUSO). KUSO is the premier orchestral organization at the KU School of Music, and it will be led by Carolyn Watson in her first appearance with the orchestra. It performs standard orchestral repertoire from the Baroque period to 21st-century masterworks, as well as occasional premieres of new works.