J² - Jean-Samuel Bez & Jean-Luc Therrien

            The fruit of a musical encounter in July 2016, in Orford area, the J2 duet is composed of the violinist Jean-Samuel Bez and the pianist Jean-Luc Therrien. Less than one year after their setting up they have been awarded in April 2017, the highest reward (First Absolute Prize) in the Luigi Zanuccolli International Contest (Italy). Since then, the duet would regularly play in concerts in Europe (France, Austria, Italy) as well as in North America.

Their repertoire puts the accent on the great virtuoso sonatas of the XIXth and XXth century, Enescu, Poulenc, Schumann, César Franck... Both musicians, well fed  by their formation among the greatest Austrian schools, are very keen on approaching the Viennese Classics and the smart and light lounge music

of composers such as Fritz Kreisler.

Next Tour - Canada 2018

   22/11     Toronto, ON

   23/11     Toronto, ON

   24/11     Richmond Hill, ON

   25/11     Trois-Rivières, QC

   27/11     Québec, QC

   28/11     Chicoutimi, QC

   8/12       Sorel-Tracy, QC

Jean-Luc Therrien, piano

Originally from Repentigny, Quebec, Canadian pianist Jean-Luc Therrien has been actively performing in Canada and abroad. In 2016, he toured across Quebec and the Maritimes as part of the Jeunesses Musicales Canada’s Emerging Artists Concerts on tour, with a program which included his own transcription of Franz Liszt's symphonic poem Les Préludes. A few months later, he also made his orchestral debut in Asia with the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra.

Over the years, Jean-Luc has stood out in many competitions such as the Luigi Zanuccoli International Music Competition (Chamber Music Prize), the Mauro Paolo Monopoli Prize International Piano Competition, (3rd prize and audience prize), the Canadian Music Competition’s Stepping Stone (3rd prize), etc. Moreover, he won the Soloists Competition of the Trois-Rivières Music Conservatory four times and consequently performed several concerts with the conservatory’s orchestra as well as the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières. Jean-Luc was also awarded several prizes, including the Gilles-Gauthier Excellence Award, the Wilfrid-Pelletier Excellence Award and the Governor General of Canada’s Academic medal, as well as a grant from the Canadian Council for the Arts, which allowed him to pursue postgraduate studies in Austria in 2016-17.

A graduate of the Trois-Rivières Music Conservatory, Jean-Luc received his Master’s degree in Piano Performance from the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. His principal professors have included Denise Trudel, Cordelia Höfer-Teutsch and George Kern. He was also invited by the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, theAcadémie Orford Musique and the Académie de Musique et de Danse du Domaine Forget to study with renowned pianists such as Boaz Sharon, Jacques Rouvier and Benedetto Lupo. Since September 2018, Jean-Luc has been in the ADP Program (Artist Diploma Program) at the Glenn Gould School, where he studies with Marietta Orlov on a full-tuition scholarship.