Jonquière (Québec), 1978
Performer (viola) • Conductor

Three years ago, at the age of 22, conductor Jean-Philippe Tremblay was chosen by Pinchas Zuckerman to become the first Apprentice Conductor for the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Previous to this, Tremblay was selected by the Canadian Department of Heritage to serve as the Music Director of L’Orchestre de la francophonie, performing extensively in Ottawa, Montréal, Quebec City and Domain Forget. Recently featured as a «Leader of Tomorrow» in Macleans Magazine’s top «30 under 30,» Tremblay made his debut with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra last season, and was immediately re-engaged by that orchestra to appear in their upcoming fall concert series. Additional highlights of this season include his debut with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and his participation in mentorship programs with both the Philharmonia Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Maestro’s Christoph von Dohnany and Kurt Masur. In addition to his many appearances with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Mr. Tremblay has conducted the National Ballet of Canada, the Sinfonia Nova Scotia, the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. as well as concerts at the Lachine Festival in Montréal. A native of Chicoutimi, Quebec, he began his musical studies in viola, composition, and conducting at the Conservatoire de musique du Quebec à Chicoutimi, followed by advanced studies in conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London, the University of Montréal, and a fellowship at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center. He lists among his mentors many of the world’s most renowned conducting pedagogues including Michael Jinbo, Seiji Ozawa, André Previn and Robert Spano.