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B.Mus., Violin Performance, University of Ottawa (summa cum laude)
Prix, Conservatoire de musique de Montréal
M.M., Violin Performance, The Cleveland Institute of Music
Professional Studies Diploma, Violin Performance, The Cleveland Institute of Music
A native of Montréal, violinist MARIE-CAROLINE BOURQUE holds a Master of Music degree and a Professional Studies Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with David Cerone and David Updegraff. Previously, she completed her Bachelor of Music summa cum laude at the University of Ottawa, studying with Claude Richard and Walter Prystawski. She is also a graduate of the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. Further studies were pursued on scholarship at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Encore School for Strings, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, the Domaine Forget Academy, and the National Arts Centre Young Artists Programme directed by Pinchas Zukerman. Ms. Bourque was a winner of the National Arts Centre Bursaries Competition, a laureate of the Czech and Slovak Music Competition in Montréal, and a winner in the Canadian Music Competition.
Ms. Bourque has presented solo and chamber recitals in the United States and Canada, and has been featured on Radio-Canada and CBC Radio. She has appeared as soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the University of Ottawa Orchestra, Ottawa Symphony Strings and Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Bourque has maintained a studio of motivated and enthusiastic students for over twenty years, and was teaching assistant to David Updegraff at the Cleveland Institute of Music from 2001 to 2003. After having been a member of the Canton Symphony Orchestra from 2002 to 2010, Ms. Bourque returned to Canada with her husband and their four young children. Since then, she has performed with a number of ensembles throughout central Ontario, and served on faculty in 2011 and 2012 at Music by the Lake, a summer programme of the Toronto District School Board held on Lake Couchiching. Ms. Bourque has adjudicated several music festivals in Southern Ontario, including the 2013 OMFA Provincial Competition, and is a member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators’ Association (CMFAA).
Aside from violin, Ms. Bourque has a keen interest in helping children to reach their full potential through comprehensive music education, drawing on traditional and innovative methods.
Sunderland Lions Music Festival (2012, 2013)
Newmarket Lions Club Music Festival (2012, 2015)
York Region Music Celebration Festival (2013)
Rotary Burlington Music Festival (2013)
South Simcoe Arts Council Music Festival (2013)
OMFA Provincial Competition (2013)