Guillaume Martineau

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Radio-Canada 2015-2016 jazz revelation, pianist Guillaume Martineau stands out for his versatility and creativity. He finished his jazz studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2012 after receiving the North American Scholarship and the Zambelli Award. He obtained a master’s degree in classical music at McGill University and won 1st prize at the Canadian Music Competition in 2009. However, it was his meeting with pianist Oliver Jones that motivated him to pursue a career in jazz.

Today, the pianist’s activities reflect his versatility. He was the guest soloist of six different symphony orchestras, he recorded the piano in the feature film Louis Cyr, he hosted for seven years a radio program on improvisation on CIBL Radio-Montreal, not to mention his numerous piano marathon performances of up to 12 hours without interruption. Through his music, he travels across Canada, the United States, Japan, France, Switzerland and Austria.

Guillaume Martineau owes his musical sensitivity and openness to his masters, both jazz and classical: Menahem Pressler, Anton Kuerti, Richard Raymond, Gilles Manny, JoAnn Brackeen and Laszlo Gardony, just to name a few.