Assistant Concertmaster

Noémi Racine Gaudreault

"The Schafer piece is a vast dream of a violin lost in the orchestral forest. The piece demands a  soloist of the first rank, which on Monday, was Noémi Racine Gaudreault. Her control over the music, her concentration, her prodigious precision even in the highest, most delicate notes, the most difficult to hear; all this left the hall jaw-droppingly awestruck."  – La Presse

A dedicated champion of contemporary music, Montreal-born violinist Noémi Racine Gaudreault is renowned for the virtuosity and sensitivity of her playing. Noémi has performed as a soloist with the Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Quebec City, Regina, Montpellier (France), Buffalo, and Ankara orchestras. In 2005, she performed Walter Boudreau’s Concerto for Violin in the Radio-France Festival and reprised it in 2007 in a critically-acclaimed concert with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra that was honoured as a finalist for the « Prix Opus 2006-2007» . In addition to her career as a soloist, she is much sought-after chamber musician, playing regularly in contemporary and chamber music festivals.

In the fall of 2008, she presented five critically-acclaimed performances of R. Murray Schafer’s double rhapsody for violin and orchestra ‘The Darkly Splendid Earth: The Lonely Traveller’ with Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin (one performance) and Fabien Gabel (four performances). In celebration of Schafer’s upcoming 80th birthday in 2013, Noémi will embark on a cross-Canada tour performing this seminal work.

Noémi has been a member of the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal (Principal second violin), the SMCQ (Société de musique contemporaine du Québec), has guested with the Quatuor Molinari, the Ensemble Magellan, and the Ensemble Prisme and has been a violin soloist with the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal and Quartango.

Following her studies at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, where she was awarded the First Prize with Great Distinction, Noémi subsequently completed her Artist Diploma at McGill University. Further to her performance career, Noémi is also a professor of the Alexander Technique, giving instruction and masterclasses to musicians.

Noémi is currently a member of the National Arts Centre Orchestra.