Guillaume Martineau is a distinguished pianist for his creativity and versatility as a performer. Martineau was a student of legendary pianists Menahem Pressler (Beaux-Arts Trio), Oliver Jones (Canadian Jazz legend) among many others. During Guillaume’s training as a classical pianist, he studied under Richard Raymond, Anton Kuerti and Gilles Manny. As a jazz pianist, Guillaume has studied with JoAnn Brackeen (ex-pianist of the Jazz Messengers) and Laszlo Gardony. After completing his Bachelor of Music degree at l’Universite de Montreal, he received several awards including a grant from SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council), funding from Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC), and an award from Yamaha Canada to complete a Master’s degree at McGill University. Guillaume was the recipient of the Zambelli Award and North American Scholarship to complete a Professional Diploma in Jazz from the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Guillaume was awarded the first prize at the Canadian Music Competition in 2009 and his career to-date includes soloist performances with l’Orchestre Symphonique de Longueuil, la Sinfonia de Lanaudière, McGill Symphony Orchestra and l’Orchestre Philharmonique du Nouveau Monde. In a completely different context, we can also hear Guillaume on a weekly basis on CIBL 101.5FM radio on his hour-long show of improvised music, “La Schubertiade des temps modernes”.
Guillaume’s career includes a history of performances on an international level in both jazz and classical music, in countries including France, Switzerland, Japan and the U.S. In Montreal, Guillaume has presented three piano marathons, non-stop—reaching up to a length of twelve hours. Guillaume can also be heard on the feature film “Louis Cyr”, performing the works of Chopin.
In short, Guillaume Martineau is an exceptional musician of multiple musical styles and genres, constantly exploring new ways to enhance and create new musical experiences to present to listeners and audiences.