Project Description

Steven Massicotte

Steven Massicotte discovered the piano at a young age.

Since then, his passion is growing and it is fully involved in the practice of his art. Graduated from the Conservatory of Music in Montreal, where he studied under the direction of Raoul Sosa, he pursued undergraduate studies and Masters in Performance at the Faculty of Music at the University of Montreal with teachers Marc Durand, Jimmy Brière, and Jean Saulnier. He is now currently finishing Doctoral studies with Jean Saulnier in Montreal, after completing an exchange program as well as a post-graduate diploma in Vienna with Prof. Avedis Kouyoumdjian at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien. He has played with several orchestras including the Amadeus Orchestra in Poland under the direction of Anna Duczmal-Mróz, the Orchestre de Université de Montreal with Jean-François Rivest, and Sinfonia de Lanaudière with Stephane Laforest in Québec.

Massicotte is a laureate of numerous competitions, and recently, he has been named the grand winner of the OPMEM (Orchestre Symphonique des Musiciens de Montreal) concerto competition and will play Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto with the same orchestra in September.  Last year, he won the 2nd prize at the International Chamber Music Competition of Malta with duo Schaeffer Massicotte. In 2013, he won 3rd Prize at the International Chopin Competition in Mariánské Lázně, Czech Republic. In the 2013 and 2014 edition of the prestigious Prix d’Europe competition in Québec, he was a two-time finalist and winner of the piano category row as well as recipient of the prize for the best interpretation by a pianist of a piece by a Québec composer. In 2011, he was awarded the Prix Joseph-Rouleau for Best Pianist from Québec at the Montreal International Musical Competition, which brought him concert engagements in London and Berlin for the Fête Nationale du Québec. He is the first-prize winner of the Concours de musique Sorel-Tracy (2011), the Concerto Competition of Université de Montréal (2010), and the Concours de Musique de Repentigny (2009). He was also a finalist of the Canadian Stepping Stone Competition (2012), third prize winner of the Shean Competition in Edmontion (2012), and third-prize winner of Toronto Symphony Orchestra Competition (2011).

In recent years, Steven Massicotte has also attended several master classes with such renowned pianists as Benedetto Lupo, Stephen Kovacevich, André Laplante, Jimmy Brière, Jacques Rouvier, Anton Kuerti, Jean Saulnier, Robert McDonald, Julian Martin, John Novacek, John Perry, Martin Kasík, and Avedis Kouyoumdjian, in addition to being a scholarship recipient of the Orford Arts Centre, Banff Centre, and the Canada Council for the Arts.