Simon Lapointe was born in Quebec, Canada, in 1979. He showed interest in the violin at the age of 2, and received his first violin lesson 2 years later. He received his Bachelor’s of Music from the Conservatoire de Trois‐Rivières in 2000, studyingwith Helmut Lipsky and Johanne Pothier. He then went on to get his M.M. at the Peabody Conservatory of Music with soloist and now Tokyo String Quartet 1st violinist Martin Beaver.
Simon is in his fourth season as the Principal Second Violin of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. He previously played with the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec and the West Virginia Symphony as Assistant Principal Second Violin and Concertmaster respectively. He was recently appointed Assistant Concertmaster of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Lapointe is a prizewinner of many competitions in the U.S. and Canada. He is regularly invited as a soloist and recitalist in Baltimore, Quebec and Hampton Roads, as well as at the Lanaudière Festival.