After being awarded the Yamaha Canada Scholarship and having received the funding of both the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and Fonds Québecois de Recherche sur la Société et la Culture (FQRSC), pianist Guillaume Martineau has obtained his Master of music degree in Performance at McGill University under the supervision of Prof. Richard Raymond. He completed his undergraduate degree at Université de Montréal with Prof. Gilles Manny. In the summer of 2008, he was a visiting student at Indiana University and was part of Menahem Pressler’s studio. He has also studied with Anton Kuerti, Julian Martin, Évelyne Brancart, Kevin Fitzgerald, and Walter Delahunt. Sought as a pianist since he was young, Guillaume was invited to participate at the International Music Festival of Neuilly-Plaisance in France at 12 years old. Since then, he has received numerous prizes, including three times the Lucille-Brassard Prize, which is awarded to the student with the highest average on the exams of Vincent-d’Indy School of Music. For seven consecutive years from 1997 till 2003, he won the 1st Prize of the Festival of the Young Musicians of the Laurentides. In 2004, he captured the first place at the Music Festival of Sillery and the first Oliver-Jones prize of the Bas-Richelieu Competition (1st price all categories). In 2006, in addition to winning the first prize at the Clermont-Pépin Competition, he has gone to win the first place of his age category at the Canadian Music Competition. Finally, he was the great winner of the 2008 Hydro-Quebec award of the Festival du Royaume in Chicoutimi (1st place all categories). Guillaume has had the opportunity to be a guest soloist with several orchestras. Since 2003, he was invited for four concerts with the New World Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Michel Brousseau. In 2004, Guillaume Martineau was asked to play in the city of Sorel with the Longueil Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Marc David. In winter 2005, he participated to a benefit concert of the Ste-Thérèse d’Avila Church with the Youth Orchestra Laval-Laurentides. Then, after winning the 2007-08 edition of the McGill Classical Concerto Competition, Guillaume had the opportunity to perform Beethoven’s 3rd concerto with the McGill Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Alexis Hauser. Guillaume has given many solo recitals in Montreal’s region. The reviews of his concerts are laudatory: “More than 330 people were delighted by the versatile play and the refreshing personality of the young pianist” Voix des Mille-Îles, “he touched the audience with the finesse of a great artist” Le Journal de Prévost, “Already a well-known and talented pianist”, “Astonishing recital” Journal de Montréal. In April, 2005, Guillaume was invited to participate at the Expo Culture Québec Japon during the World Fair of Aïchi in Japan. He toured the cities of Osaka, Nagoya and Kobe, giving eight concerts. Guillaume has studied Jazz Piano with Mr. Jan Jarczyk (McGill University) and with Mr. Pierre Leduc (Université de Montréal). In the summer of 2009, he was a student of Mr. Oliver Jones in the Academy of Orford Arts Centre. We could hear Guillaume performing live in his radio-show La Schubertiade des temps modernes. For more than a year, this entirely improvised radio-show was broadcasted weekly at CIBL 101.5 FM Radio-Montreal. In fall 2010, Guillaume started a professional diploma at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Experience & Education
Pianist improviser for CIBL 101,5 FM Radio-MontrealJune 2009 to Present (over 4 years)
I am playing improvised pieces on the piano for a 2 hours radio show called "La Schubertiade des temps modernes". My music is inspired by stories the radio hosts Jonathan Morier and Claudio Pinto are creating on the spot. So far, over 60 hours of my music was broadcasted in Montreal.
Concert pianist for Diffusions Amal'gammeMay 2004 to Present (over 9 years)
I did a solo lecture-recital in Prevost every year since 2004. Not only I play the pieces from the classical repertoire but I also introduce them with explanations to help the public being more sensitive to everything that is contained in the music and to give them the historical background.
MMus in Performance (piano) at McGill University (Schulich School of Music)2007 to 2009 (2 years)
Visiting Student in Performance (piano) at Indiana University2008 to 2008 (Less than a year)
BA in Music in Performance (piano) at Université de Montréal2004 to 2007 (3 years)