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”.
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.