Violinist and Asheville-favorite Blake Pouliot will join your Asheville Symphony as soloist for Masterworks 6: Golden Glamour, playing the “Hollywood Concerto,” Korngold’s Violin Concerto.

Described as “immaculate, at once refined and impassioned,” (ArtsAtlanta) violinist Blake Pouliot (pool-YACHT) has anchored himself among the ranks of classical phenoms.

Pouliot has made a name for himself with a vivid onstage presence and dazzling technique, which Dallas Morning News documented in a review: Pouliot “surged onstage in rock star pants, presenting Brahms as a composer of great passion…compellingly—indeed, irresistibly—done.”

Winner of the Grand Prize at the 2016 Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Manulife Competition, Golden Glamour will mark the second time that Pouliot has joined your Asheville Symphony after his Asheville debut in 2019 during Masterworks 1: ¡Exótico! After rave reviews from the Asheville audience, we are excited to welcome him to the stage at First Baptist Church of Asheville.

Since his orchestral debut at age 11, Pouliot has performed with the orchestras of Aspen, Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas, Madison, Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco, and Seattle, among many. Internationally, he has performed as soloist with the Sofia Philharmonic in Bulgaria, Orchestras of the Americas on its South American tour, and was the featured soloist for the first ever joint tour of the European Union Youth Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of Canada.

In addition to playing with Asheville Symphony this season, Pouliot’s 2023-2024 highlights include Shostakovich 1, Bruch 1, Tchaikovsky, Korngold and Sibelius concerti across the US and Canada with Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Artis-Naples and NAC Ottawa, and Quebec City Symphony amongst others. In Europe this season, Pouliot makes his Spanish debut with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Spain, performing the Tchaikovsky concerto with Rossen Milanov.

Pouliot performs on the 1729 Guarneri del Gesù on generous loan from an anonymous donor.

Join us to see “one of those special talents that comes along once in a lifetime,”  (Toronto Star) on Saturday, April 20, with performances at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Asheville!

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