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Graduate in violin of the Quebec City Music Conservatory, Jean-Luc Plourde finally opted for the viola in 1994 and has since made a name for himself on that instrument, playing notably on a viola crafted by Iginio Sderci.
“A remarkable violist,” according to music critic François Tousignant, Jean-Luc Plourde is an intensely active chamber musician, performing in North America (Parry Sound, Orford, Lanaudière, Domaine Forget, and Ravinia festivals), Japan, and Europe (Santander International Festival, the Pommersfelden Chamber Music and Orchestra Academy, among others). What is more, he can be heard regularly with other artists of renown, such as James Campbell, Marc-André Hamelin, Alvaro Pieri, the Gryphon Trio, the Kocian and Shostakovich quartets, and the pianist Dang Thai Son.
Jean-Luc Plourde is also keenly interested in contemporary music, and has commissioned works for the Arthur-LeBlanc string quartet from the composers Kelly-Marie Murphy, Vincent Collard, and Jacques Desjardins. As a pedagogue, he shares his time between the Académie internationale du Domaine Forget and the Université de Moncton, where he is Artist-in-Residence.
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