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In addition to being the winner of the CANIMEX Canadian Music Competition’s Stepping Stone 2017 edition, Jean-Michel Dubé has also distinguished himself on the international scene during that same year by winning the German Piano Open International Competition with the best interpretation of the imposed work, and by being a finalist in the Piana del Cavaliere International Piano Competition. Jean-Michel Dubé is also ranked in the 2017 edition of CBC Radio’s “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30.”
Winner of the Pierre Mantha Prize at the Prix d’Europe Competition in 2016, Jean-Michel was also granted the John Newmark Award, having captured the jury’s attention with his musical and aesthetic abilities. Throughout the years, his innate musical flair and technique have earned him much praise both in Canada and abroad.
As a soloist, Jean-Michel has performed with the Appassionata Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Missyk, with the Canadian Music Competition Orchestra under the direction of Uri Mayer, and with the Montreal Philharmonia Mundi Orchestra under the direction of Jean-Pascal Hamelin. He has also played with Les Violons du Roy under the direction of Mathieu Lussier.
Jean-Michel’s first CD release with the Société Métropolitaine du Disque / Espace 21 label is dedicated to Quebecer composer André Mathieu’s piano works. The album, which features several unpublished musical works, was chosen as the “Classical album of the month for November 2016” by classical music magazine La Scena Musicale.
As the recipient of grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts in 2017, Jean-Michel spent a few months in Europe to attend advanced solo piano training courses with renowned pianist Philippe Cassard at the Tibor Varga Music Academy, and piano four-hands courses with brilliant French pianist Hervé Billaut.
Jean-Michel made his debut on the international scene at the invitation of France Musique. His first CD of André Mathieu’s piano works was played on the radio to the delight of listeners. A few weeks later, he was invited to give a public recital that was recorded in the studios of France Musique and broadcasted on “Génération jeunes interprètes,” a program dedicated to international emerging musicians. The program featured Beethoven, Liszt and André Mathieu’s “Prélude romantique.”
Born in Cap-Santé, Quebec, Jean-Michel Dubé, 26, holds a Master’s degree-level Artist Diploma in Fine Arts and an advanced diploma from the Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique du Québec, where he studied under the direction of pianist Suzanne Beaubien. He has participated along the years to numerous master classes.