OLIVIER BRAULT, violin

from Terrebonne, Québec, brings communicative enthusiasm and scholarship to concerts throughout Canada, Europe and the United States. In addition to directing the ensemble Sonate 1704, he performs as musical director with Les Goûts Réunis in Luxembourg, as a member of Four Nations Ensemble in New York, and as soloist with many Montréal-based ensembles including Ensemble Caprice, Les Boréades de Montréal, La Bande Montréal Baroque, Quatuor Franz Joseph and Les Idées heureuses. He holds a Doctorate from the Université de Montréal, where he specialized in 18th-century violin repertoire and explored other areas of historical performance including baroque dance and theater. A sought-after instructor, he has been invited to lead workshops and masterclasses at institutions including the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, McGill University, CWRU, Oberlin Conservatory, Penn State University, University of Michigan and the Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Bruxelles. He has participated in more than 60 recordings, many award-winning, and in 2011 he received the medal of the Assemblée Nationale du Québec for cultural contribution to his nation.