Newly arrived at the helm of the Appassionata orchestra, Jean-Philippe Tremblay has given his first concert with the musicians on October 29. Jean-Philippe Tremblay is also artistic director and principal conductor of the Orchestre de la Francophonie (OF) since its founding in 2001. Under his leadership, the orchestra has given more than 250 concerts across Canada, China and the United States. In recent seasons, Tremblay has led, as guest conductor, prestigious European ensembles: the Orchestre National de France, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Spanish National Orchestra, and radio orchestras in Prague, Dresden and Budapest.
In spring 2012, Tremblay made a very successful conducting debut in Utrecht with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra; the concert was broadcast nationally and the critic had this to say: “Conductor Jean-Philippe Tremblay was a last-minute replacement for Serge Baudo, but he more than held his own. Conducting the orchestra with an energy that reminded me of fellow French-Canadian Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Tremblay had contagious enthusiasm while still being in full control. The orchestra obviously responded well to him!”
In America, Tremblay has been guest conductor of symphony orchestras in Winnipeg, Montreal, Québec City, London, Kitchener and Edmonton, as well as the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., the Orchestra of the Manhattan School of Music, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, and the Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra.
Tremblay has conducted alongside numerous illustrious soloists, including Pinchas Zukerman, Augstin Dumay, Renaud Capuçon, Jean-Gihen Queyras, Marie-Nicole Lemieux and Alain Lefèvre, as well as many up-and-coming soloists representing the next generation of talent. At the helm of the O.F., he has led over 30 world premieres of commissioned works by as many young composers.
During the summer, Jean-Philippe Tremblay will travel to Central America to conduct the YOA (Youth Orchestra of the Americas) in a series of concerts combined with master classes. As conductor of the O.F., plans include concerts at the Domaine Forget International Festival and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, as well as a series of concerts in Montreal. Fall begins with the opening concert of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra season and future engagements will see him conducting in Ottawa, Hamilton, Toulouse, Avignon, Manchester and London.
Jean-Philippe Tremblay studied viola, composition and conducting at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec in Chicoutimi, the Université de Montréal, the Pierre Monteux School, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Royal Academy of Music in London with the renowned Seiji Ozawa, André Previn, Michael Jinbo and Robert Spano. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Musician’s Prize at the Dimitri Mitropoulos International Competition for Conductors (in Greece), the Rose Roitman Award, the Joyce Conger Award for the Arts, and the Ordre des Bleuets for his contribution to culture in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region, and was made an honorary life member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. His recordings have won many awards, as well as critical acclaim from prestigious publications such as Gramophone and Diapason.
Jean-Philippe Tremblay is artistic consultant for the New York–based Tremblay Ensemble. As violist, he participates in several prestigious festivals. He plays a beautiful Guillami 1753 viola, on loan from the Canimex foundation.