Newly appointed Principal Viola of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Victor Fournelle-Blain played with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal from 2014 to 2019, starting in the viola section and subsequently winning second assistant and associate principal positions. Like many other violists, he first trained as a violinist, studying at Conservatoire de Montréal under Johanne Arel, and Yale School of Music under Ani Kavafian, before completing his studies at McGill with an Artist Diploma in viola performance under André Roy. He has won several competitions and awards including the 2012 Prix d’Europe, McGill’s 2014 Golden Violin, and the Second Prize of the 2010 OSM Standard Life Competition, and he is still at home playing the violin for occasional chamber music concerts, recitals, and concerto performances.
A chamber musician at heart, Victor is a founding member of the Grand-Duc Trio and has collaborated with artists such as Vadim Repin, Jean-Philippe Collard, and Alexandre Tharaud. Also keen on pedagogy, he has taught at McGill University and Université de Montréal, as well as Camp Musical des Laurentides in Quebec and Formandi Festival in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Victor is also an avid hiker and triathlete, having recently completed his first Ironman 70.3 race.
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