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Jean Saulnier

Jean Saulnier

Jean Saulnier is a French-Canadian pianist who leads an active career as a recitalist, chamber musician and teacher.

A much sought-after chamber musician, Jean Saulnier has collaborated with Barry Tuckwell, James Campbell, Robert Langevin, Emmanuel Pahud, Moshe Hammer, Theodore Baskin, Charles Neidich, Anton Kuerti, Yuli Turovsky, the St. Lawrence, the Alcan and the Arthur-Leblanc String Quartets among others. He plays regularly with cellist Yegor Dyachkov. Their recording of the Shostakovich, Schnittke and Prokofiev Sonatas was honoured by Opus magazine with an award as best Canadian chamber music recording of the year 2001 and was given an Opus prize from the Conseil Québecois de la Musique for best classical recording. Critics also received their second recording, grouping three Brahms Sonatas, with much enthusiasm.

Jean Saulnier's discography includes works by André Prévost and Jacques Hétu as well as a Chopin recital recorded on an 1848 Pleyel piano, which was praised for its refinement and originality. Jean Saulnier has won numerous prizes in national and international competitions, including the prestigious Prix d'Europe, William Kapell International Piano Competition and the Leschetizsky Competition. He has given recitals in Canada, the United States and Europe. He has been guest soloist with orchestras of renown such as the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, the Orchestre Métropolitain, the Rochester Philharmonic and I Musici de Montréal. He has also been heard in major Canadian music festivals and on CBC radio. Jean Saulnier studied with Marc Durand, Leon Fleisher and André Laplante. He holds a doctorate from the Université de Montréal where he is currently Associate Professor and Head of the Piano department. He also teaches at the Orford Arts Centre during the summer and is regularly invited to give master classes in Canada and abroad.