Violinist Blake Pouliot wins Canada's OSM Manulife Competition

Blake Pouliot
The Strad

The 22-year-old Canadian musician receives a cash award of $10,000, and performing and recording opportunities

Canadian violinist Blake Pouliot has been named the Grand Prize winner of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra's (OSM) 2016 Manulife Competition.

The 22-year-old musician, who in 2015 was one of 22 recipients of fine stringed instruments from Canada's Musical Instrument Bank, receives a cash award of $10,000, performing opportunities with ensembles including the OSM, a professional audio recording at one of the Radio-Canada studios, and a $5,000 career development grant. Currently studying for a Performance Diploma at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, Pouliot also won first prize in the Manulife's Strings A category, for players aged 18 to 25.
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