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Marie-Claire Vaillancourt, violin

Born in Drummondville, Marie-Claire is a graduate of the Montreal Conservatory of Music. She studied there with Johanne Arel, and obtained a master's degree in interpretation honored with a Prize with Great Distinction in 2018. Numerous internships and masterclasses have allowed her to work with masters such as Pierre Amoyal, Leonidas Kavakos, Vadim Repin, Pinchas Zukerman, David Lefèvre and Raymond Dessaints.

Winner of several competitions, Marie-Claire has had the opportunity to perform as a soloist with several orchestras including the Ensemble Amati, the Orchester symphonique de Drummondville, the chamber orchestra Appassionata, the Sinfonia de Lanaudière and the Orchester symphonique from Longueuil to Place des Arts in Montreal. She has also won the Orchester du Conservatoire's concerto competition twice, and held the position of concertmaster there for several consecutive years.

Passionate about chamber music, she obtained a Prize with distinction in this discipline during her Conservatory competition in 2017.

She has been a founding member of the Andara Quartet since September 2014, an ensemble that has taken her to both the United States and Europe.

Marie-Claire has been associate concertmaster of the Orchester symphonique de Drummondville since 2018 and plays an Andrea Guarneri violin from Crémone 1660 as well as a Hill & Sons bow, all graciously made available to her by the Canimex Inc. company of Drummondville (QC), Canada.

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