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Concert Master

Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Announces Award-Winning Canadian Concertmaster

Kitchener - The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) is delighted to announce Bénédicte Lauzière as the new concertmaster. The recent winner of the Prix d’Europe was hired after an extensive search that attracted over 50 applicants.

“We are thrilled to welcome Bénédicte to the orchestra,” commented John Helmers, Chair of the search committee. “She is a wonderful musician who demonstrates a musical maturity beyond her years. During her audition she impressed the committee and the comment most heard was how much committee members were looking forward to playing in the orchestra with her.”

Bénédicte will begin her tenure as Concertmaster at the end of January 2015. Described as "beautiful to watch and breathtaking to hear" by Guelph Mercury, she began learning the violin at the age of five and then attended Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal from 2001 to 2009 with Helmut Lipsky. Bénédicte completed her Bachelor of Music degree with Jonathan Crow at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in 2012, with the aid of the Lloyd Carr-Harris scholarship. She also holds a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School where she studied with Masao Kawasaki, with the support of the Karl H. Kraeuter and the H. & E. Kivekas Scholarships. Bénédicte has also been a recipient of the Grants to Professional Musicians - Individuals from the Canada Council for the Arts. No stranger to KWS audiences, she was a featured guest soloist on the KWS’ Baroque & Beyond Series during the 2012/13 Season, and appeared as guest concertmaster for a Signature Series concert weekend in March 2014.

“After a long, patient, and uncompromising search, we have found our next concertmaster, the extraordinary young musician Bénédicte Lauzière,” stated KWS Music Director Edwin Outwater. “She exudes music as a violinist, soloist, and musical leader. Working with her during her audition week was truly inspiring, and I'm sure her inspiration and artistry will be known throughout the region and beyond as Bénédicte joins the KWS family. I'm thrilled that she will be a musical partner to me, and artistic beacon to all.”

“The role of Concertmaster is fascinating,” commented Bénédicte. “Through music, we create, communicate, constantly learn from each other and evolve. I am truly inspired to be given this opportunity, especially within such a positive, supportive and innovative orchestra!”

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