Rising Stars – Philippe Prud’homme: Canadian Music Competition

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Born in 1991, pianist and composer Philippe Prud’homme began his piano studies with professor Gilles Many at age twelve. Sixteen-year-old Prud’homme was accepted, under special circumstances, to the Université de Montréal in 2007 without even finishing his secondary studies and with only four years of piano studies under his belt. He earned his master’s with highest distinctions in the class of Dang Thai Son before beginning another graduate degree at the Conservatoire de Montréal in 2015 with Louise Bessette.

An active presence on the Quebec scene, Prud’homme has notably won first prize at the CMC several times, in the solo piano category as well as in chamber music. Being highly oriented towards artistic creation, he has written several pieces for various instruments as well as an operetta, La Vague Parfaite (recently performed at Montreal’s Espace Libre) and often collaborates with well-known actors such as Jacques Godin and Gilles Pelletier. With a love for contemporary music, he is particularly interested in the works of Frédéric Rzewski and François Morel.

In 2016, Prud’homme took home the grand prize at the CMC in the 19-30-year-old category by performing Prokofiev. A few weeks later, he was part of the “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30” list on cbcmusic.ca. This year, he begins his doctorate with Dang Thai Song at the Université de Montréal. To mark the occasion, he is preparing a recital incorporating all 90 Preludes by Alexandre Scriabin.

Translation: Rebecca Anne Clark

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Jeune pianiste de la scène française, Jeanne est diplômée du Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris dans les classes de George Pludermacher, Haruko Ueda et Frank Braley, et de l'Université de Montréal dans la classe de Dang Thai Son. Elle a reçu les conseils de grands maîtres tels Michel Merlet, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Jacques Rouvier et Stephen Kovacevich entre autres. Elle a été récompensée dans plusieurs concours : Premier Grand Prix au concours Flame (2007), au concours d'Aix-en-Provence, au concours Alain Marinaro (2015), lauréate du concours de l'OPMEM à Montréal. Elle apprécie l'enseignement et la musique de chambre qu'elle partage avec d'autres musiciens en différentes formations et suit actuellement une licence de littérature française à Montréal afin d’orienter une partie de sa carrière vers la critique musicale.

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