From young prodigy to artist

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Canadian pianist Jean-François Latour has established a reputation as a poetic and imaginative artist with brilliant technique and a strong personal voice who can communicate across cultures and generations. Leon Fleisher, with whom he studied at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, calls Latour “a highly gifted and intelligent artist with fine musical instincts.” His rapidly growing prominence on the international scene brought M. Latour engagements in Paris, Toulouse, Geneva, Hamburg, Brussels, Washington, Baltimore, and Chicago. He has also played in China, in Japan, and in South Africa. As an active performer in Canada and in the United States, Jean-François Latour is regularly invited by several orchestras and festivals. M. Latour's live performances have been broadcast by the Radio Suisse-Romande, Radio Audizioni Italiane, Radio-Télévision Belge de langue Française, Chicago Classical Radio, Vermont Public Radio, and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Jean-François Latour is member of the Trio Hochelaga. He completed the prestigious Artist Diploma program at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he was a full scholarship student of Leon Fleisher. He also holds a Graduate Performance Diploma from Peabody and an Artist Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where he was a student of Marc Durand and Leon Flsiehr. He earned his Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorat's degrees from Université de Montréal where he studied with Marc Durand. M. Latour is currently professor at the Université de Sherbrooke.


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The vibrant Canadian pianist Jean-François Latour has established a reputation as a poetic and imaginative artist with brilliant technique and a strong personal voice who can communicate across cultures and generations. Leon Fleisher, with whom he studied at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, calls Latour "a highly gifted and intelligent young artist with fine musical instincts." Recognized as one of Canada's most talented young pianists, Jean-François Latour has performed in Japan, China and South Africa and throughout many major cities of Europe and North America, including Paris, Toulouse, Geneva, Hamburg, Brussels, Washington D.C., Baltimore and Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Victoria. M. Latour's live performances have been broadcast by the Radio Suisse-Romande, Italian National Radio-RAI, Belgian Radio-Television,Vermont Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

 

Jean-François Latour made his orchestral debut at the age of eleven with the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières. Since then, he has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony, the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, the Hilton Head Orchestra and the Orchestre Symphonique de la Montérégie among others. He has played under the direction of Timothy Vernon, Christopher Wilkins, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Victor Pull, Marc David, Christopher Warren-Green, and Lara Webber. His festival appearances include the Orford Music Festival, the Festival d'été de Québec, the Festival du Domaine Forget, the Festival de Lanaudière, the Fontana Chamber Music Festival in Michigan, and the Vermont Mozart Festival. As a chamber musician, Jean-François Latour has collaborated with Alain Trudel, Philippe Magnan, Yehonatan Berick, and the Pacifica Quartet. 

 

His first recording, released in 2007 with ATMA Classique, includes all-Chopin music.

 

Jean-François Latour is professor at Université de Sherbrooke. His students won prizes in national competitions including OSM Standard Life Competition, Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières Competition and Canadian Music Competition. He also gave master classes in Canada and was invited as specialist at Wuhan Conservatory of Music and at Shenzhen University in China. He is also regularly invited as member of jury for provincial and national competitions. 

 

In May 2002, Jean-François Latour completed the prestigious Artist Diploma program at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he was a full scholarship student of Leon Fleisher. He also holds a Graduate Performance Diploma from Peabody and  an Artist Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where he was a student of Marc Durand and Leon Fleisher. He earned his Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorat's degrees at the University of Montréal, where he studied with Marc Durand. Mr. Latour has also worked with John Perry, André Laplante, Ellen Mack, Marek Jablonsky and Gilbert Kalish.