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Olivier Thouin began the violin at the age of four. After studying with Hratchia Sevadjian, he went to the Montreal Conservatory of Music with Sonia Jelinkova, obtaining a Premier Prix with Great Distinction. He then continued on to Prague, receiving tuition from Ivan Straus at the Arts Academy. He also attended the master classes of Igor Ozim in Berne and in Blonay, Switzerland.
Olivier Thouin won the 1997 Prix d’Europe as well as the Canadian Music Centre Prize, also awarded at that competition in Montreal. He also received the Prix Cécile-Mesnard-Pomerleau for his fine work as concertmaster of the Orchestre Mondial des Jeunesses Musicales during tours of Asia, Europe, and Israel. In the United States, his activities brought him to Tanglewood, where he was awarded the Jules C. Reiner violin prize, as well as to work at the prestigious Marlboro Chamber Music Festival. He was invited to play in concert in New York, Philadelphia, and Boston to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Marlboro Festival. In 2002, Olivier Thouin won the Young Canadian Musicians’ Award (Toronto), in view of developing his career in Canada.
A very active chamber musician, Olivier Thouin plays with artists such as Anton Kuerti, Marc-André Hamelin, and Rudolf Jansen. He performed the complete sonatas of Beethoven, Brahms, and Schumann with pianist Suzanne Blondin, and was one of the founding members of the Trio Contrastes (1998-2003). His debuts in recital in Toronto and Calgary were received with critical acclaim. As a soloist, Mr. Thouin has been the guest of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, and Les Violons du Roy.
Olivier Thouin was chosen as Associate Concertmaster of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa for the 2004-2005 season.
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