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Émile Pare, violin

Born in Montréal, Québec, Émilie Paré started to play violin at the early age of two. Because of her stellar beginnings, she was at age five the youngest student ever to be admitted at the Music Conservatory of Montréal. In this European-modelled institution, she obtained her Masters Degree with the highest honours in Violin Performance, Dictation and Solfège. Winner of the Jean H. Picard Scholarship from the Wilfrid-Pelletier Foundation, and of the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada Scholarship, she received, by unanimous consent, the Great Distinction Prize for violin at the 2003 Concours examination of the Music Conservatory of Montréal, in the class of Johanne Arel. Émilie was also granted the Paul Merkelo Scholarship at the 2001 Edition of the MSO Competition.

During her studies and burgeoning career, Émilie got many opportunities to play with ensembles and orchestras in Quebec and Ontario, both as a member and also, on a few occasions, as a soloist. Her participation at several summer programs and master classes allowed her to play for renowned violinists such as James Ehnes, Malcolm Lowe, Richard Roberts, Martin Beaver, Angèle Dubeau and Violaine Melançon. She has been coached by Maestros Charles Dutoit, Franz-Paul Decker and Pinchas Zukerman, and also, by Raymond Dessaints, David Stewart, Darren Lowe and Alexandre Da Costa.

In 2002, Émilie was selected by audition to perform classical and contemporary chamber music in Stuttgart, Germany and Quebec, as part of an octet, with the Goldberg Wien Quartet. The Quebec City concert was broadcast on CBC. This experience triggered Émilie's interest in chamber music, and even more so, contemporary music. Subsequently, she decided to do one year of specialization in solo répertoire, focusing on new music. She worked very closely with Véronique Lacroix, the Montreal Contemporary Ensemble's music director, and with composers from Germany, Mexico and Canada. Much in demand for her dedication and musicianship, Émilie got involved in many projects and recordings around creation and performance; she was one of the featured artists at the 2005 University of Mexico Contemporary Music Festival.

Émilie's years of free-lancing in Montréal brought her to America, Europe and Asia. As a member of Angèle Dubeau and La Pietà, she recorded movie music ( Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle etc.) and other pieces written by Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi. For over a year, she toured as a solo violinist with the dance company Cas Public for their show Blue Beard. Later, she became one of the founding members of the Chorum Ensemble, a Montréal chamber music ensemble 'à géométrie variable' promoting a new idea of the 'concert'. Although Émilie was passionate about developing her musical versatility, she was also seeking balance and stability in her life, hence a 180 degree turn. In 2006, she won the Assistant-Concertmaster position in the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, but since she felt she was too far from the man she loves, she decided to move to Southern Ontario. Émilie is very happy to be a member of Orchestra London Canada.


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