Jocelyn Lafond

Accompanist

Jocelyn Lafond was born in 1989 in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. He began studying the piano at the age of six, and his subsequent musical career has been marked by an increasingly curious and interested quest to understand and express music in its various forms of expression. Trained at the music conservatories of Trois-Rivières, Montreal and Arts au Carré (Royal Conservatory of Music in Mons, Belgium), Jocelyn Lafond holds degrees in organ, piano, piano accompaniment, conducting (orchestra and choir) and classical writing. During his many years of advanced training, he has had the opportunity to work with passionate musicians such as Michel Kozlovsky (pianist), Claire Ouellet (piano accompanist), Raymond Perrin (organist and choir director), Christian Lane (organist), Hans-Ola Ericsson (organist), Gilles Bellemare (composer and conductor), Jean-Pierre Deleuze (composer) and Denis Menier (choir director).

As a conductor, Jocelyn Lafond has already led the Orchestre du Conservatoire de musique de Trois-Rivières, the Orchestre symphonique de jeunes Philippe-Filion de Shawinigan and the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières on several occasions. A sought-after accompanist, he is, since 2016, pianist-repetitor for the Chœur classique de l'Estrie (Granby).

Active as a concert performer, arranger and composer of mainly religious music, Jocelyn Lafond defines himself above all as an organist. Involved in the liturgical music scene since 2000 in his native parish of Saint-Eugène, he has been titular of the great organs of the Cathedral of Saint-Hyacinthe since 2009 and has also assumed the role of choirmaster there since 2017. Recipient of the Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec Award and the Governor General's Academic Medal, he also received the prestigious Sir Ernest MacMillan Foundation Award in 2019. He has distinguished himself in numerous musical competitions, such as the Canadian Music Competition, the Lynnwood-Farnam Competition and the Quebec Organ Competition, in which he won first prizes. In addition, he participated in the semi-finals (organ category) of the OSM Manulife Competition in November 2016 and, more recently, was awarded 2nd Prize in the 2019 edition of the Royal Canadian College of Organists Organ Competition held in Halifax. Jocelyn Lafond is an accompanying pianist and professor of music and ear training at the Conservatoire de musique de Trois-Rivières since 2017. He is currently a doctoral student in organ at McGill University in Montreal in Jonathan Oldengarm's class.