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Joël Pasquier was born in Montmorency, France in 1943 to a family of musicians. His father and his two uncles formed the world-renowned Trio Pasquier . At the age of seven, he started on the violin with his father, and a year later, he took up the piano. Admitted to the Paris Conservatory at the age of ten, he earned several awards there, among which a first prize in piano and in chamber music. At the age of eleven, after
having been awarded his first medal in violin at the De Lausnay Competition, he performed with orchestra a piano concerto movement by Haydn and a violin concerto movement by Viotti during a single concert (at the educational Colonne Concerts in Paris). He also acquired tuition in percussion and conducting.
Since then, after having played on French radio and television, he has performed on the piano with orchestra in several European cities. In 1964, he was appointed as a teacher at the Saint-Germain-en-Laye Municipal Conservatory, near Paris. In 1965, he was the first French musician to have obtained a Fullbright grant in order to go work in the United States. He stayed two years at the University of Indiana at Bloomington, where he studied with Gyorgy Sëbok, and where he also taught as a %22Graduate Assistant.%22
He has recorded on several occasions for Radio-Canada and has also performed in chamber music in Quebec City and elsewhere in the province. He has given several concerts and has appeared on television in the United States.
He currently teaches piano at the Faculty of Music of Laval University in Quebec City, which he also directed for several years.