Named one of Canada's 30 hot classical musicians under 30 for 2020 by CBC Music, Quebec born pianist Jean-Luc Therrien has been an active soloist in Canada and abroad. In the upcoming months he will be giving recitals as part of the 2021 Orford Music Festival and the Portland Piano International’s Rising Stars series (USA), as well as a concert tour in the Maritimes. In 2022 he will also be performing as soloist with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra in Toronto. In the later years, he toured across Quebec and the Maritimes as part of the Jeunesses Musicales Canada’s Emerging Artists Concerts on tour. Later in 2016, he also made his orchestral debut in Japan with the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s fourth piano concerto.
As a chamber musician, Jean-Luc has collaborated with several ensembles including the Quatuor Claudel-Canimex. In 2017, he formed the Duo J², with French violinist Jean-Samuel Bez, with whom he toured in Eastern Canada and Europe. In addition to recording their first album in 2021, they will be touring in Europe again in March 2022. Together, they also won the Grand Prize at the Luigi Zanuccoli International Competition in Italy. More recently, Jean-Luc performed a series of recitals in Toronto with violinist Mai Tategami and cellist Zlatomir Fung, Gold Medalist of the prestigious Tchaikovsky International Competition.
Over the years, Jean-Luc has also stood out in many competitions such as the Orford Music Award Contest, the Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition, the Mauro Paolo Monopoli Prize International Piano Competition in Italy and the CMC Stepping Stone, as well as being selected for the prestigious Honens International Piano Competition which will be held in 2022. He was also awarded several prizes like the Wilfrid-Pelletier Scholarship, the Governor General of Canada’s Academic Medal and a grant from the Canadian Council for the Arts for musical projects in Europe.
Jean-Luc is a graduate of the Conservatoire de Musique de Trois-Rivières (Québec), the University Mozarteum Salzburg (Austria), the University of Toronto and the Glenn Gould School (Toronto). His main professors have included Denise Trudel, Cordelia Höfer-Teutsch, George Kern and Marietta Orlov. He has also had many masterclasses with renowned pianists such as Leon Fleisher, Jacques Rouvier or Robert McDonald.