Named on CBC’s "30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30" 2020 edition, violinist Marie Bégin has performed in recitals in Canada, the United States, Europe, the United Kingdom and China. She was soloist with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the National Art Center Orchestra of Ottawa, the Club Musical de Québec, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy and the Agora Symphony Orchestra, among others. She is frequently invited to perform in several renowned ensembles, notably as concertmaster of the Violons du Roy and as assistant concertmaster of the Hulencourt Soloist Chamber Orchestra for concerts in Milan, Brussels and Spain. A passionate chamber player, she collaborates with renowned artists such as Charles Richard-Hamelin and Andrew Wan. At age 26, she was appointed first violin of the Saguenay Quartet (Alcan) as well as concertmaster of the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean Symphony Orchestra. She also forms a duo with pianist Samuel Blanchette-Gagnon with whom she recorded an album under the label Atma Classique. The album was released in summer 2021 and continues to receive dithyrambic reviews by the press.
A graduate of the Conservatoire de musique de Québec, she studied with Andrée Azar, Jean Angers and Darren Lowe. She then pursued her studies in Europe with Zakhar Bron, at his academy in Switzerland, but also at the Menuhin Academy, the Kronberg Academy and the Mozarteum University. She receives advices and support from several great musicians such as Maxim Vengerov, Pierre Amoyal, Mauricio Fuks, Christian Tetzlaff, Augustin Dumay, Miriam Fried and Rodney Friend, among many others.
Marie Bégin has been chosen among the 13 semi-finalists 2021 of the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition. She also played in several major international competitions, including the Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Poland. She won several prizes including the grand prize at the Festival-Concours Pierre-de-Saurel and the international ROTARY “Douja d'Or” prize awarded by Switzerland, France, Germany and Italy . She is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Quebec Council for the Arts and Letters. She plays on a wonderful violin Carlo Bergonzi 1710-1715 graciously loaned by CANIMEX INC.