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Blake Pouliot. Coplan's Rodeo. Omaha Symphony. Image provided by Omaha Symphony.

Blake Pouliot. Coplan's Rodeo. Omaha Symphony. Image provided by Omaha Symphony.

By Gabriel Escalera

Violinist Blake Pouliot And the Omaha Symphony

March 18th, 2024

Hailing from the picturesque landscapes of Ontario, Canada, violinist Blake Pouliot embarked on his journey as a professional musician at a remarkably young age. As his talent blossomed, Pouliot found himself gracing prestigious stages across the globe, captivating audiences with his soulful renditions of classical masterpieces. Reflecting on the genesis of his musical career, Pouliot fondly recalls the fervent passion and unwavering determination that paved his path in the world of music.

Initially honing his skills on the piano, Pouliot’s musical journey took a definitive turn when he transitioned to the violin, quickly demonstrating an innate proficiency and an insatiable appetite for excellence. While classical music wasn’t the initial focus of his upbringing, the rich cultural environment in which he and his brother were raised undeniably played a pivotal role in shaping his artistic sensibilities.

With two albums under his belt and a plethora of performances spanning Europe, Central America, Canada, and the United States, Pouliot’s musical odyssey knows no bounds. His upcoming concert in Omaha marks a homecoming of sorts, where he will showcase his virtuosity in performing Korngold’s mesmerizing violin concerto. The Austrian composer’s escape from war-torn Europe to Hollywood during World War II underscores his pioneering contributions to film composition.

Set against the backdrop of Copland’s evocative “Rodeo,” the Omaha Symphony’s performance promises an electrifying evening celebrating the powerhouse composers of America. Pouliot’s exquisite violin concerto will undoubtedly serve as a highlight of this musical extravaganza, enchanting audiences with its sublime melodies and masterful execution. For those eager to witness this unforgettable performance, mark your calendars for this Friday and Sunday at the Holand Center. For further details and ticket information, visit From the KVNO Arts Desk.