Praised both as a soloist and a chamber player, Canadian pianist Michel Fournier has performed with a number of orchestras and is widely appreciated for the many recitals he has given in Canada, Europe and United States. His repertoire covers a broad spectrum of piano music from different eras and styles. He has a special fondness for French music and has earned critical acclaim for the originality of his interpretation and his refined sound.
Dr Michel Fournier toured extensively with worldclass musicians and ensembles ; he has several Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) recordings, many albums and movie soundtracks to his credit.
Highly appreciated as an educator, Michel Fournier has provided guidance to thousands of musicians, teaching masterclasses, coaching and adjudicating national competitions for young musicians across North America, Europe and Asia. As a teacher, many of his student are award-winners in national and international competitions (Tureck International Bach Competition, American Protégé, Thousand Islands International Chopin Competition, Canadian Music Competiton, National Music Festival in Canada and others). His music studio, located in the beautiful area of the Canadian Laurentians, welcomes students from around the world for artist residency. Each summer, he is invited to join the faculty of Camp Musical des Laurentides in Quebec.
As a student of French pianist Yvonne Hubert, Michel completed a Master’s degree before continuing his studies in France and Austria. He also studied under legendary pianist Menahem Pressler at University of Indiana. He earned a Doctorate in Music from University of Montreal with Marc Durand.
Michel Fournier’s numerous CD’s have won public and critical acclaim all over Canada.