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Recognized for his profound and spectacular interpretations, Quebec pianist Michel-Alexandre Broekaert is one of the most promising musicians of his generation. Early on, he developed a passion for accompaniment and chamber music, which enabled him to acquire an experience as vast as eclectic. At ease both on stage and in the studio, he divides his time between the instrumental repertoire and the world of opera with equal pleasure.
A pedagogue at heart, his activities as a coach/pianist-collaborator at the Université de Montréal and at McGill University nourish his passion for passing on knowledge to generations of young musicians. He is also committed to the future of classical music, actively engaging with established organizations and collectives of experienced musicians to present this art form in an accessible and casual way.
Michel-Alexandre is very active in the Quebec scene and regularly collaborates with many organizations, such as the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute, the Opéra de Montréal, the OSM-Manuvie competition, Opéra à la Carte, as well as the collective 1 Opéra 1 Heure. At the same time, he is the Artistic Director of La Petite Maison des Arts and Artistic Advisor for the Société d’art vocal de Montréal. On a day-to-day basis, he shares his chamber music experience with up-and-coming musicians in both Université de Montréal and McGill University.
It is in the world of chamber music, more particularly in the field of collaboration between singer and pianist, that he reveals himself to the world, mainly alongside Quebec soprano Andréanne Brisson-Paquin. In 2011, the duo distinguished itself in Paris, receiving a special jury prize for the best interpretation of a work by Francis Poulenc, as part of the Concours international de Chant-Piano Nadia et Lili Boulanger. They were back again in 2013, winning the 2nd Prize at the prestigious Lyon International Chamber Music Competition.
Michel-Alexandre also distinguished himself at the 2016 Mary Trueman Art Song Vocal Competition, receiving the Pianist Prize and, more recently, he won the Special Prize for Best Accompanying Pianist at the Festival Classica’s International Recital Competition of French Art Songs. He holds a Ph.D. from the Université de Montréal, under the tutelage of Mr. Jean Saulnier, and also perfected his skills in Vienna (Austria) with the renowned pedagogue Avedis Kouyoumdjian.
“He is an excellent listener […] and has a remarkable touch. In his hands, the music breathes and blossoms.” – Revue Opéra
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