Canadian pianist Stéphan Sylvestre enjoys a very active and versatile career as a soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. Compared by critics to Artur Rubinstein for his natural talent and flawless technique (La Presse, Montreal), he has toured countries throughout North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Russia. Notable venues include the Concertgebouw (Holland), St. Martin-in-the-Fields (UK), the St. Petersburg Conservatory (Russia), Place des Arts, the National Arts Centre and the Four Seasons Centre (Canada). He has appeared with top Canadian orchestras, in Canada's leading international festivals and can regularly be heard on radio stations throughout North America and on Radio Suisse Romande.
Mr. Sylvestre regularly collaborates with internationally acclaimed musicians and ensembles such as James Campbell, Joel Quarrington, Ransom Wilson, Martin Beaver, Rivka Golani, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Penderecki, New Zealand, and New Orford string quartets, and with first chairs of the Israel Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony and Montreal Symphony orchestras. He has recorded under ATMA, CBC, Espace 21 Records, and Marquis Classics labels. His recordings of Brahms solo piano works were placed alongside Murray Perahia’s Brahms recordings by WholeNote magazine and nominated for Recording of the Year in Quebec, Prix Opus. The Strad Magazine recently praised his recording of the works of Szymanovski for violin and piano with violinist Jerzy Kaplanek, as “an outstanding release”.
Mr. Sylvestre has sat on juries for the Montreal International Piano Competition, the Montreal Symphony Competition and the Canadian Music Competition. He also regularly adjudicates for institutions including the Glenn Gould School, the Conservatoire de Montréal, and numerous national music festivals. Stéphan Sylvestre is Associate Professor and head of keyboard studies at Western University Canada. His teachers have included Leon Fleisher, John Perry, Marc Durand and Marek Jablonski.