DEVELOPING ARTISTS GRANTS
2007 Grant Recipient
Classical Music (String Instrument) Winner
Nineteen-year-old violinist Victor Fournelle-Blain of Sainte-Julienne, Quebec, received his high school education at the Académie Antoine-Manseau in Joliette. He has been taking music lessons for eleven years, the last six with Johanne Arel at the Montreal Conservatory of Music where he obtained his Diploma of Intermediate Studies in 2006. He is currently enrolled in the Conservatory's university-level Advanced Studies I program.
Victor has been concertmaster of the Conservatory's String Orchestra for several years and has performed as a soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of the Conservatory. He has won a number of music awards including first prize in the 2006 Montreal Conservatory Concerto Competition and first-prize for strings in his age category in the national final of the 2006 Canadian Music Competition.
Guy Fouquet, Conductor of the Montreal Conservatory String Orchestra, considers Victor to be one of the most talented students that he has ever heard play at the Conservatory. "In addition to his huge talent and his natural facility with the violin, he plays with great sensitivity and perfect control of the bow. His sound is never forced. He is a complete musician, brilliant in everything he does, and I have no doubt that he is destined for a very successful career."
The Hnatyshyn Foundation jury, composed of Jeremy Brown, Elaine Klimasko and Jeremy Berkman, were very impressed with Victor's polished audition performance. "Outstanding musicianship for his age, - verve, brilliant technique, musicality. A very talented young musician!"