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
Named one of Canada's 30 hot classical musicians under 30 for 2020 by CBC Music, Quebec born pianist Jean-Luc Therrien has been an active soloist in Canada and abroad. In the later years, 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 one of his own piano transcriptions (composed after Franz Liszt's symphonic poem Les Préludes). A few months later, he also made his orchestral debut in Japan with the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s fourth piano concerto.
As a chamber musician, Jean-Luc has collaborated with several ensembles including the Quatuor Claudel-Canimex. In 2017, he formed the Duo J², with French violinist Jean-Samuel Bez, with whom he toured in Eastern Canada and Europe. Together, they also won the Grand Prize at the Luigi Zanuccoli International Competition in Italy. More recently, he performed a series of recitals in Toronto with violinist Mai Tategami and cellist Zlatomir Fung. Over the years, Jean-Luc has also stood out in many competitions such as the Orford Music Award Contest, the Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition (winner), the Mauro Paolo Monopoli Prize International Piano Competition in Italy (3rd prize and audience prize) and the CMC Stepping Stone (3rd prize), as well as being awarded several prizes like the Wilfrid-Pelletier Scholarship, the Governor General of Canada’s Academic Medal and a grant from the Canadian Council for the Arts for musical projects in Europe.
Jean-Luc is a graduate of the Conservatoire de Musique de Trois-Rivières (Québec), the University Mozarteum Salzburg (Austria), the University of Toronto and the Glenn Gould School (Toronto). His main professors have included Denise Trudel, Cordelia Höfer-Teutsch, George Kern and Marietta Orlov.