Jean-Michel Dubé

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First Prize winner of the Canimex Canadian Music Competition’s Stepping Stone 2017 edition, pianist Jean-Michel Dubé also won the Prize for the best interpretation of an imposed work. In the same year, he distinguished himself on the international scene as winner of the Special Prize at the German Piano Open International Competition and as a finalist at the Piana Del Cavaliere International Competition in Italy. Jean-Michel Dubé’s innate musical flair and dazzling technique have earned him much praise both in Canada and abroad. Winner of the Pierre Mantha Prize at the Prix d’Europe Competition in 2016, Jean-Michel was also granted the John Newmark Award. He has since been heard in concert in Canada, France and Switzerland.

Recognized as a rising star of the country’s next generation, Jean-Michel was selected by ICI Musique in 2018 as “one of six young Quebec classical musicians to know” and is also included in CBC Music’s 2017 list of the “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30”.

Invited by France Musique in 2017, Jean-Michel continues his international career by giving a recital broadcasted on the program “Génération Jeunes interprètes” dedicated to emerging musicians.

The First Prizes won at Aramusique’s Hélène-Roberge Competition in 2015 and at Pierre-De Saurel Competition in 2016, allowed him to record two albums dedicated to the music of Québec composer André Mathieu, released on  Espace 21 label. The first album was chosen “Classical Album Discovery in November 2016” by La Scena musicale Magazine (Montreal). Excerpts from these two albums were broadcasted on ICI Musique, Radio-Classique and France Musique.

In addition to his recital and chamber music career, he performed with l’Orchestre symphonique de l’Estuaire, l’Orchestre symphonique des Jeunes de Montréal, l’Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville, l’orchestre du German Piano Open, les Violons du Roy, l’Orchestre Appassionata, l’Orchestre du Concours de musique du Canada and l’Orchestre Philharmonia Mundi de Montréal. He played under the baton of conductors such as Dina Gilbert, Jean-Pascal Hamelin, Mathieu Lussier, Daniel Myssyk, Uri Mayer, Julien Proulx and Henri Sigfridsson.

As duettist, he regularily plays with his partner Rosemarie Duval-Laplante. They attended advanced 4-hands piano training courses with Hervé Billaut in Paris as well as with the Philippe Cassard at the prestigious Tibor Varga Academy in Switzerland. They toured with Jeunesses Musicales Canada in 2018.

Over the years, he attended masterclasses with pianists Michel Béroff, Hervé Billaut, Philippe Cassard, Jean-Philippe Collard, Jane Coop, Till Fellner, Anton Kuerti, Stephen Kovacevitch, André Laplante, Benedetto Lupo, Jorge Luis Prats, Jacques Rouvier, Jean Saulnier and Jean-Paul Sevilla.

Jean-Michel is a graduate from “Conservatoire de Musique de Québec  in 2016 where he studied with Suzanne Beaubien, pianist. He is also teaching piano and is the initiator of the adult program for Saguenay Lac Saint-Jean Music Summer Camp in the province of Québec.

Jean-Michel Dubé works on a piano graciously lent by Canimex inc.

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June 2022

Arquemuse
Québec

Discoveries
Arquemuse
Québec

Discoveries
Château Bellevue Pont-Rouge
Portneuf

Adult musical camp no.2
Arquemuse
Québec

Arquemuse
Québec

Jeunesses Musicales Canada
New Brunswick

Jeunesses Musicales Canada
New Brunswick

Jeunesses Musicales Canada
Gaspésie

Concert Privé (Jardins)
Québec

Concert Privé (Jardins)
Québec

Camp Aimé Gagnon
Québec

July 2022

Concert Privé (Gardens)
Saguenay

Concert Privé (Gardens)
Saguenay

Concert Privé (Jardins)
Saguenay

Le contenu masqué vient ici

Concert Privé (Jardins)
Charlevoix

Concert Privé (Jardins)
Charlevoix

Odyssée Artistique
Charlevoix

August 2022

Concert Privé (Jardins)
Québec

Portneuf

Concert Privé (Gardens)
Montreal

MDA
Saint-Hilaire

Adult musical camp
Camp Lindsay
Lanaudière

September 2022

Recording solo disc
Charlevoix

October 2022

Concert EMDA
Deschambault

November 2022

Violons du Roy
Québec

École Vincent d’Indy
Montréal

École Vincent d’Indy
Montréal

Master class
École Vincent d’Indy
Montreal

March 2023

Arts et Spectacles de Laval
Laval

Arts et Spectacles de Laval
Laval

April 2023

Aramusique
Repentigny

Ammal’Gamme
Prévost

Discography

PIANO QUATRE MAINS
FAURÉ/DEBUSSY

Rosemarie Duval-Laplante
& Jean-Michel Dubé

ANDRÉ MATHIEU
MUSIQUE DE CHAMBRE

Jean-Michel Dubé
Chambristes
des Violons du Roy

“Jean-Michel Dubé gives us the reference disc of Mathieu’s chamber music”

Christophe Huss,
Le Devoir

Piano Solo Works:

André Mathieu

A beloved child of Quebec, pianist and composer André Mathieu lives again under Jean-Michel Dubé’s fingers

JEAN-MICHEL DUBÉ
ANDRÉ MATHIEU

André Mathieu: works for solo piano and two pianos, melodies, unpublished works

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“Dearest Jean-Michel
I still have your superb sound and your musical intensity in my ear ….  You are a Very Beautiful artist with such an intelligent speech, nothing is free in your playing, every note is thought out …..  really Bravo , and we will follow you carefully. Moreover, I am already delighted to broadcast extracts from your André Mathieu album.
Thank you again for trusting France musique for your 1st radio station in Europe and see you very soon,
Faithfully, Gaëlle Le Gallic”

” We are much more in tune with the romantic sensitivity on the surface, very Faurean from Jean-Michel Dubé and his partners.” (Translation)

“The musician Dubé is in his full element with Liszt and Scriabine … one day he will play the sonata of Tchaikovsi and will do very well.” (Translation)

“Jean-Michel Dubé undoubtedly has the wind in his sails. And his work on André Mathieu is more than promising and very rich for the history and knowledge of Canadian music.”  (Translation)

” He is a Van Cliburn in the making. He polished off the Beethoven concerto with remarkable variations in technic and touch. His expression and technic were excellent.”

” His interpretation of Beethoven concerto for piano and orchestra in E flat major was sublime: Mastering technique, he played with rhythm brio and impeccable clarity. At times, his fingers appeared to float effortless across the keys and kept the audience in thrall as they continued to listen as he played with a lot of visible enthusiasm and emotion”. (Translation)

” This is the performance that raised the roof last night……The solo writing for the piano, often percussive, is fiendishly virtuosic “.

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