Toronto-born clarinetist Kailan Fournier studies at The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory with Joaquin Valdepeñas, Principal Clarinet of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She is now in her fourth year of undergraduate studies, and has spent the past two summers as Principal Clarinet of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, with whom she toured Canada, Germany, Scotland, and Spain. Kailan also regularly performs with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra and several chamber groups.
Born in 1997, Kailan didn’t grow up in a very musical family – none of her family members had any formal musical training. However, her mother had a mysterious obsession with The Magic Flute, despite disliking most opera. This is, perhaps, where her love for the orchestral sound developed. Kailan began clarinet lessons during high school, and started playing in The Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra at age 16. The NSYO was an indispensable experience that fostered her love of music and love for playing in orchestra.