Jean-Michel Dubé

Pianist

Biography

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.

Concerts up coming

Thursday June 27, 2019 - 20:00 - Concerts au Sommet

Concerts au Sommet

Camp musical Saguenay, Lac Saint-Jean, Qc

4-hands Piano with Rosemarie Duval-Laplante

Wednesday July 17, 2019 - 19h30 - Orchestre de la francophonie

Orchestre de la francophonie

Théâtre Outremont, Montréal, Qc

Conductor: Daniel Myssyk

Saturday August 24, 2019 - 20:00 - Ahuntsic en fugue

Ahuntsic en fugue

Salle Marguerite-Bourgeoys du Collège Regina Assumpta, Montréal, Qc 

Chamber Music with Quatuor Andara

Saturday September 14, 2019 - 16:00 - Générations France Musique

Générations France Musique

4-hands Piano with Rosemarie Duval-Laplante

Théâtre de l’Alliance française, Paris, France

Wednesday October 30, 2019 - 19:00 - Pré-Concert de l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

Pré-Concert de l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

Maison symphonique, Montréal, Qc

Récital

Saturday November 9, 2019 - 19:30 - Orchestre symphonique des Jeunes de Montréal

Orchestre symphonique des Jeunes de Montréal

Salle Claude Champagne, Montréal,Qc

Concert

Conductor : Louis Lavigueur

Satursday April 4, 2020- 20:00 - Diffusion Amal’gamme

Diffusion Amal’gamme

Young Virtuosos Series

Salle Saint-François Xavier, Prévost Qc

Récital

CONCOURS PRIX D’EUROPE

Les Lauréats 2016

Deuxième Prix, Prix Pierre Mantha

Jean-Michel Dubé, piano

Discography

JEAN-MICHEL DUBÉ
ANDRÉ MATHIEU

Works for piano solo & two pianos

Mélodies

Unpublished works

ŒUVRE POUR PIANO SOLO:

ANDRÉ MATHIEU

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

Acclaims

“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

Christophe HussLe Devoir, 2018

“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

Olivier GentilLa scena musical, 2017

” 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.”

Nancy SnipperArts & Opinion, Montéal en lumière 2013

” 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”.

Geneviève P.M Roy,

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

Stanley FeffermanOpusonereview, 2012

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