Canadian conductor Jean-Philippe Tremblay has an impressive track record and has been heralded by the Canadian press as a “great interpreter” with a “true musical vision.” Founder and musical director of the Orchestre de la Francophonie, the orchestra has given more than 250 concerts across Canada, China and the United States under his leadership.
In North America, Tremblay is regularly invited as guest conductor to the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D. C., the Montréal Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver, Edmonton (where he opened the 13/14 season), the Orchestra of the Manhattan School of Music, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, and, at the invitation of Gustavo Dudamel, the Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra.
In recent seasons he has led prestigious European ensembles including the Orchestre National de France, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (at the invitation of Yannick Nézet-Séguin), the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Spanish National Orchestra, and the Prague, Dresden and Budapest radio symphony orchestras. In spring 2012, Tremblay made a very successful conducting debut in Utrecht with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra; the concert was broadcast nationally and critically acclaimed: “Conductor Jean-Philippe Tremblay was a last-minute replacement for Serge Baudo, but he more than held his own. Conducting the orchestra with an energy that reminded me of fellow French-Canadian Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Tremblay had contagious enthusiasm while still being in full control. The orchestra obviously responded well to him!”
During the summer of 2013 Jean-Philippe Tremblay travelled to Central America to conduct the YOA (Youth Orchestra of the Americas) in a series of concerts combined with master classes.
Tremblay has collaborated with numerous illustrious soloists, including Pinchas Zukerman, Augustin Dumay, Renaud Capuçon, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Gabriela Montero, and Louis Lortie, as well as many up-and-coming soloists representing the next generation of talent. At the helm of the Orchestre de la Francophonie he has given over 30 world premieres of commissioned works.
In Summer 2014, after his acclaimed performances at the Domaine Forget in Québec, he is invited to conduct the Montréal Metropolitan Orchestra before concerts with the Orchestre de la Francophonie, return invitations to Edmonton and Ottawa, and a series of performances of Verdi’s Requiem with the Orchestre national des Pays de la Loire in France.
Jean-Philippe Tremblay studied viola, composition, and conducting at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Musicians, the Royal Academy of Music in London and at Tanglewood with Seiji Ozawa, André Previn, Michael Jinbo, Jorma Panula and Robert Spano.
He is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Musician’s Prize at the Dimitri Mitropoulos International Competition for Conductors. His recordings have won many awards, as well as critical acclaim from prestigious publications such as Gramophone and Diapason.