Born in Montréal in 1970, Marc Couroux studied piano with Louis-Philippe Pelletier from 1989 to 1994 at McGill University where he also received a Masters degree. Often referred to as the “Glenn Gould of contemporary music,” he is one of the nation’s performers to be most involved in twentieth-century music. Since 1994, he has worked as principal pianist for the June festival held at the State University of New York in Buffalo. As a result of being awarded the Prix Flandre-Québec in 1996, he was invited by the Flemish Community to give a recital at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. The same year he served as artist-in-residence at Princeton and Rutgers Universities, thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and that summer was guest artist at Domaine Forget for the Rencontres de musique nouvelle (a symposium for new music).
With composer Michael Oesterle, Couroux founded the KORE Ensemble in 1997 and garnered the Conseil québécois de la musique’s 1998 Prix Opus in the “Discovery of the year” category. A guest of Holland’s prestigious Amsterdam Festival in 2000, he aired works by Scott Godin, Michael Oesterle, Richard Ayres, and Jean Lesage in addition to performing Shiraz as part of a Vivier retrospective at the Amsterdam Opera. Marc Couroux complements his career as a pianist with activities that include giving lectures, writing essays, and composing.