Described as “beautiful to watch and breathtaking to hear” by the Guelph Mercury, violinist Bénédicte Lauzière enjoys a prolific career on the Canadian stage notably as concertmaster of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, but also as a soloist, chamber musician and recitalist. She won numerous prizes and awards including the Prix d’Europe 2014, the Michael-Measures Award 2011, the Peter Mendell Prize 2010 as well as a grant for professional musicians from the Canada Council for the Arts. Ms Lauzière was a laureate of the prestigious Stulberg International String Competition in 2010 and won several first prizes in national competitions. As a soloist, her recent performances include Korngold’s Concerto op. 35 in d major and Ravel’s Tzigane with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, respectively in October and April 2016 and Tchaikovsky’s Concerto op. 35 in d major with the Kingston Symphony in January 2016. She also had the great privilege of sharing the stage as a soloist with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra and Yoav Talmi as well as with the Western Michigan University Orchestra. Bénédicte obtained her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School in New York City in May 2014, where she studied with Masao Kawasaki with the support of the Karl H. Kraeuter, H. & E. Kivekas and Starr scholarships. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, studying with Jonathan Crow as recipient of the Lloyd Carr-Harris scholarship. She also studied with Helmut Lipsky at Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal.