A virtuoso whose enthusiasm is genuinely contagious, Canadian pianist Julien LeBlanc is renowned for his great musical sensibility and his talent as a communicator. Based in Montreal, Julien is a well sought-after soloist, chamber player and accompanist. He has recently launched his first solo album “Mélancolies” which is dedicated a program of works by Dutilleux, Franck and Poulenc . He also has made two albums as a member of Trio Arkaède. Since 2012, Julien has been acting as co-artistic director of the summer concert series Barachois Summer Music in New-Brunswick. He has taken part in many concert tours across Canada with violinist Marc Djokic as well as soprano Miriam Khalil and Mezzo Lauren Segal for Jeunesses Musicales du Canada as well as Debut Atlantic. He is a part-time teacher at the University of Ottawa and works as a vocal coach and accompanist both at McGill University and Université de Montréal. He has given master classes in several universities across Canada and his frequently asked to sit on juries for music competitions.
The New Brunswick Competitive Festival of Music was always an event I was looking forward to every year. It was not only the chance to perform and get comments on repertoire I had been working on and preparing very seriously for this competition, but also the occasion to hear and meet many other pianists and musicians. It is where I had the chance to meet wonderful people like Stepan Arman, Ann Larlee, Jessica McCormack, Lance Ouellette and Jasper Wood. Growing up in a very small community with no music program at our school, this event was key in my musical development. It was a great forum to exchange about music, practice and performing. I have many fond memories of those years.