Jean-Claude Picard – Conductor

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MANCHESTER CAMERATA

Jean-Claude will return to the Manchester Camerata next February 2018 to conduct a programme including, among others, W. A. Mozart's "Requiem". This return engagement follows his successful debut with the orchestra last January.

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ORCHESTRE SYMPHONIQUE DE QUÉBEC

Just announced. Jean-Claude will debut with the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec next 1 November 2017.

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SCOTTISH BALLET

Jean-Claude will return for a third time to Scottish Ballet to conduct a highly anticipated Stravinsky double bill featuring Le Sacre du Printemps by Christopher Hampson and Le Baiser de la Fée by Kenneth MacMillan. Performances will be held in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness next October and November 2017.

MONTREAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Jean-Claude will debut with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra during the 17:18 season.

NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE ORCHESTRA

Jean-Claude enjoyed a successful debut with Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra last April.

SHORT NOTICE

Last 5 November 2016, Jean-Claude obtained another great success stepping in at short notice, this time conducting the Victoria Symphony in a full season concert. The repertoire consisted of Carl Nielsen’s Symphony No. 2, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto with illustrious pianist André Laplante, and Weber’s Ouverture to Oberon.

24 HOURS' NOTICE

Jean-Claude stood in at 24 hours' notice to conduct the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique and Szymanowski’s 2nd Violin Concerto with acclaimed soloist Nicola Benedetti. The Press & Journal described the concert as "a triumphant night", also saying: "Conducting with elegance and precision, Picard was magnificent in Hector Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique". (…) Picard brought out all the emotion and anguish of the symphony. (…) the applause must have shaken the venue to its foundations." Press & Journal, March 2016

5 STAR REVIEW FOLLOWING JEAN-CLAUDE'S DEBUT WITH THE CITY OF BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.

5 star review from "The Reviews Hub" following Jean-Claude's debut with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

5 STAR REVIEW FOLLOWING JEAN-CLAUDE'S OFFICIAL DEBUT WITH THE ROYAL SCOTTISH NATIONAL ORCHESTRA

5 star review from The Herald following Jean-Claude's official debut in full season concert with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

PICARD APPOINTED AS RSNO ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s (RSNO) Canadian Assistant Conductor Jean-Claude Picard has been appointed to the position of RSNO Associate Conductor for the final year of his extended tenure with the Orchestra.

Reviews

★★★★★

"FIVE stars? Oh yes; and then some. What a stonker of a concert the RSNO and assistant conductor Jean-Claude Picard turned out on Saturday. It took me back to square one; right back to where I started with my consuming passion for live music. You know something? On the rare occasions when you get a conductor and an orchestra locked in unity with a fabulous programme, and everybody delivering the goods at white heat, there is no sensation on God's, or anyone else's, earth quite like it. The whole experience was a life force."

The HeraldFebruary 2015

“… a truly triumphant performance [Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2], whose beautifully paced conclusion proved utterly satisfying… Picard’s expansive reading of the piece was both moving and magnificent… much of the impact of the performance came from his intelligent reading of Sibelius’ score… a well-planned and flamboyantly executed programme.”

The Nairnshire TelegraphFebruary 2016

★★★★★

"(...) a triumph. Jean-Claude Picard conducts the impressive CBSO energetically and enthusiastically. (...) their playing is faultless and stirring, even moving (...) today's concert ticks all the boxes."

The Reviews HubFebruary 2016

"(...) a triumphant night. The charismatic Canadian didn't just keep the orchestra on its toes, but was up on his toes more often than not as he threw himself into the three works. (...) Conducting with elegance and precision, Picard was magnificent in Hector Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique". (...) Picard brought out all the emotion and anguish of the symphony. (…) the applause must have shaken the venue to its foundations."

The Press and JournalMarch 2016

“Jean-Claude Picard conducts a terrific performance: the orchestra sound is luscious, without loosing the score’s needle-sharp edges.”

The IndependentDecember 2015

★★★★

"... Picard's visible attention to balance, and physical command of the orchestra's dynamics made for a pretty much perfect partnership. That precision control from the podium was evident throughout the programme in what was a very good night for the orchestra's associate conductor."

The HeraldFebruary 2016

About

Praised for the intensity and flair of his performances, Jean-Claude Picard is widely described as a highly communicative and engaging conductor by fellow artists, critics and audiences alike. Jean-Claude recently completed a 3-year tenure with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO), initially as Assistant Conductor (2013-15) and then promoted to Associate Conductor (2015-16) due to the outstanding work he accomplished with the orchestra. He led the RSNO in nearly 90 performances, from critically acclaimed full season concerts to prize-winning outreach events, with appearances in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness, Perth and Dundee.

Forthcoming engagements include the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, the Manchester Camerata, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Scottish Ballet (Stravinsky double bill including The Rite of Spring). Previous guest conducting appearances include the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, two productions with Scottish Ballet and a short notice step in with the Victoria Symphony. Additionally, Jean-Claude has conducted the Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, the Porto Symphony Orchestra Casa da Música and the Pärnu City Orchestra.

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