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