Born in Montreal, Marie-Josée Arpin started to study violin at the age of seven at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec in Hull. In 1980 she was a student of Raymond Dessaints at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal where she obtained a First Violin Prize in 1986 and a First Prize in Chamber Music in 1987. She continued her studies with Roman Tottenberg at the Longy School of Music in Boston where she obtained an Artist Diploma in 1989.
She was the Second Violin and founding member of the Claudel-Canimex Quartet from 1989 to 2009. She currently holds the following positions in several Quebec orchestras: Concertmaster of the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières since 1998, Concertmaster of Ensemble Appassionata since 2008, Concertmaster of the Orchestre de chambre de Montréal, Associate Concertmaster of the Orchestre symphonique de Laval since 1999 and Principal of the Second Violins at the Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal Orchestra. She is also the mother of three magnificent children: Elisabeth, Olivier and Alexis.
Marie-Josée Arpin performs on a violin of the French luthier Charles-François Gand (1932) lent, as well as the Louis Morizot bow, by the Canimex Foundation.