A versatile and much sought-after musician, Victor Fournelle-Blain is equally at home playing the violin or the viola in the capacity of soloist, chamber musician or orchestral player. Currently Associate Principal Viola of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, he first studied the violin at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal under Johanne Arel. Subsequent studies under Ani Kavafian brought him to the Yale School of Music, after which he entered the class of André Roy as a viola student at McGill’s Schulich School of Music.
Winner of the 2012 Prix d’Europe, of McGill’s 2014 Golden Violin Award, and second prize winner of the 2010 OSM Standard Life Competition, he has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Orchestre Métropolitain and the Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil. He is the violinist of the Grand-Duc Trio and performs regularly with renowned artists such as Charles Richard-Hamelin, Andrew Wan and Brian Manker. Victor Fournelle-Blain currently plays a violin made by Carlo Tononi and a viola by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, both generously loaned to him by Canimex.