Pouliot Plays Bruch
Naples Philharmonic Masterworks
Ruth Reinhardt, conductor
Blake Pouliot, violin
Coleridge-Taylor — Ballade
Bruch — Scottish Fantasy
Sibelius — Symphony No. 5
German conductor Ruth Reinhardt makes her Naples Philharmonic debut in a program that features Sibelius’ majestic Symphony No. 5. Originally commissioned as a celebration of the Finnish composers 50th birthday and with a memorable theme in the finale that was inspired by the sound of swans flying overhead, this symphony exemplifies Sibelius’ unique and beautiful approach to style and structure. The program also includes Canadian virtuosic violinist Blake Pouliot performing Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy based on Scottish folk melodies.
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Founded in 1982, the Naples Philharmonic normally performs over 140 orchestral and chamber concerts, as well as opera and ballet, education, community and special event concerts from September through June each year.
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Ruth Reinhardt is quickly establishing herself as one of today’s most dynamic and nuanced young conductors, building a reputation for her musical intelligence, programmatic imagination, and elegant performances.
Highlights of Reinhardt’s past seasons included debuts with the symphony orchestras of Fort Worth, Omaha, Orlando, Portland, and Sarasota in the U.S.; and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Grosses Orchester Graz and Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra in Europe. She also conducted The Cleveland Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Malmö Symphony, Impuls Festival in Germany, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra for both a subscription week and their contemporary alternative ReMix series. In the summers of 2018 and 2019, she served as the assistant conductor of the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra.
Reinhardt received her master’s degree in conducting from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Alan Gilbert. Born in Saarbrücken, Germany, she began studying violin at an early age and sang in the children’s chorus of Saarländisches Staatstheater, Saarbrücken’s opera company. She attended Zurich’s University of the Arts (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste) to study violin with Rudolf Koelman, and she began conducting studies with Constantin Trinks, with additional training under Johannes Schlaefli. She has also participated in conducting master classes with Bernard Haitink, Michael Tilson Thomas, David Zinman, Paavo Järvi, Neeme Järvi, Marin Alsop and James Ross, among others.
Prior to her appointment in Dallas, Reinhardt was a Dudamel Fellow of the Los Angeles Philharmonic (2017-18), conducting fellow at the Seattle Symphony (2015-16) and Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Center (2015), and an associate conducting fellow of the Taki Concordia program (2015-17). During her time at Juilliard, she led the Juilliard Orchestra as well as concerts with New York City’s ÆON Ensemble, with whom she has led a collaboration with the Kronos Quartet.
A precocious talent, by age 17 she had already composed and conducted an opera, for and performed by the children and youths of her hometown. While studying in Zurich, she also conducted the premieres of two chamber operas for children: Die Kleine Meerjungfrau (The Little Mermaid) by Swiss composer Michal Muggli and Wassilissa by German composer Dennis Bäsecke. Other opera productions she has conducted include Dvořák’s Rusalka and Weber’s Der Freischütz for the North Czech Opera Company and Strauss’ Die Fledermaus at the Leipzig University of the Arts.
Violinist Blake Pouliot has joined the upper echelons of brilliant soloists, establishing himself as a consummate 21st century artist with the rigor and passion to shine for a lifetime. At only 25-years-old the tenacious violinist has been praised by the Toronto Star as, "one of those special talents that comes along once in a lifetime."
Highlights of the 2019-20 season include Pouliot’s debuts with the Atlanta, Asheville, Sarasota and Madison symphonies and a collaborative experience as the featured soloist for the first ever tour of the European Union Youth Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of Canada.
Pouliot has twice been featured on CBC’s “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30”. He’s also hosted CBC’s This is my Music, was featured on Rob Kapilow’s What Makes it Great? series, and was NPR’s Performance Today Artist-in-Residence during the 2017-18 season in Minnesota.
Pouliot studied violin in Canada with Marie Berard and Erika Raum, and completed his training as an associate of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He graduated from the Colburn School Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Robert Lipsett, the Jascha Heifetz Distinguished Violin Chair.
Pouliot performs on the 1729 Guarneri del Gesù, on generous loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank as First Laureate of both their 2018 and 2015 Competition.