Blake Pouliot, violin
Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, piano
“One of those special talents that comes along once in a lifetime.”
Masters Series 1 – Live-Stream Event
March 7, 2021 – 3 p.m.
Prokofiev: Sonata for Solo Violin, Op. 115, Moderato
Mozart: Violin Sonata in F major, K. 376
Janáček: Violin Sonata
Kreisler: Caprice Viennois, Op. 2
Blake Pouliot, Violin
Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, Piano
About the Artists
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 27-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 twice been featured on CBC’s “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30”. Since his orchestral debut at age 11, Pouliot has regularly performed with the orchestras of Aspen, Calgary, Edmonton, Pacific, Toronto, Vancouver, and the National Arts Centre. Internationally, Pouliot has performed as soloist with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria, and Orchestras of the Americas on their South American tour. Pouliot studied violin in Canada with Marie Berard and Erika Raum, and completed his training as an associate of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. 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.
Quoted by the Chronicle Herald as “A superb musician”, Swedish-born pianist Susanne Ruberg-Gordon is a highly regarded and sought-after chamber-musician and collaborative pianist. She has performed in Canada, Europe, the US, and China with artists such as Andres Cardenes, Andras Diaz, Ron Leonard, Dame Evelyn Glennie, James Campbell, Desmond Hoebig, Ian Swensen, Alain Trudel, Jens Lindemann, Ning Feng, Arnold Choi, and Nikki Chooi. Susanne is the pianist and core member of the Juno nominated Land’s End Ensemble in Calgary, an ensemble that is dedicated to excellence in performance and recording of Canadian and International new music, and to enriching collaborations with eminent composers and artists.
Dr. Marion Jones & Ray Van Nes
John & Susan McWilliams