Richard O. Ryan Endowed Chair in Violin
B.M., McGill University
M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music
Diploma, the Juilliard School
French violinist Blaise Magniere is a highly acclaimed chamber musician, active both in the U.S and abroad. As a founding member of the Avalon String Quartet, he was the top prizewinner of the Munich ARD Competition and the Concert Artists Guild Competition. He has appeared at venues such as Wigmore Hall, the Schneider Series at Carnegie Hall, Ravinia Festival, Mostly Mozart, La Jolla Festival and the Caramoor Festival.
Blaise Magniere has also collaborated with artists such as Gilbert Kalish, Peter Wiley, the Juilliard Quartet and members of the Emerson String Quartet. His performances and conversation have been heard on BBC, CBC (Canada), ABC (Australia) and France-Musique. He has recorded for the New Tangent and Channel Classics labels, and earned the 2002 Chamber Music America/WQXR Record Award.
Blaise Magniere studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England during his high school years. He worked with Mauricio Fuks at McGill University in Canada before arriving in the US to join Donald Weilerstein’s studio at the Cleveland Institute of Music. As an assistant to the Juilliard String Quartet, he coached chamber music at the Juilliard School. He was on faculty at Indiana University South Bend before arriving at Northern Illinois University.