Born in Montreal, Émilie Paré started studying violin at an early age with Jacqueline David. Having studied at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal from 1989-2004 with Johanne Arel, she obtained her Master’s degree with the highest honours in Violin Performance, Dictation, and Solfège. She also completed a post-graduate certificate in solo repertoire for the violin, focusing on new music.
Émilie is grateful for receiving the Jean H. Picard Scholarship from the Wilfrid-Pelletier Foundation, the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada Scholarship, and also the Paul Merkelo Scholarship at the 2001 edition of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition.
Émilie’s years of freelancing in Montreal brought her to America, Europe, and Asia as a member of Angèle Dubeau et la Pietà, and as a violinist for the dance company Cas Public. In 2006, Émilie won the Assistant Concertmaster position in the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. In December 2007, she moved to southern Ontario after winning a section violin position with Orchestra London Canada. In May 2014, she won the Principal Second position in the same orchestra. Since September 2008, she has also been a member of the Windsor
Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her orchestral duties, Émilie has kept an active teaching studio at the Aeolian School of Music in London, Ontario.
Émilie is an alumna of Orchestre de la Francophonie and the National Academy Orchestra. She was delighted to spend a few summers at the Orford Arts Centre, where she worked under the tutelage of musicians from the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and many highly sought-after professors. At Orford, Émilie also rekindled her love for contemporary music and performed world premieres in a new music workshop led by Canadian composer Ana Sokolovic.
In February 2013, Émilie was invited to perform a series of concerts at the Northern Lights Scotiabank Festival in Ajijic, Mexico. For the last three summers, she has travelled to Sulmona, Italy with members of the Aradia Ensemble to form the COSI opera festival orchestra.
Émilie is thrilled to be joining Symphony Nova Scotia for the 2015/16 season.
This is a one-year position for 2015/16.