Pierre-André Doucet

Pierre-André Doucet pianist

Praised for his colourful playing and fascinating writing, pianist and author Pierre-André Doucet is one of Canada’s most captivating young artists.

In addition to having been heard on Radio-Canada, Espace musique, and CBC Radio's Next! series, Mr. Doucet has also been featured on CBC Radio's list of 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30. Recent musical projects have seen him perform across Canada, as well as in Austria, France, Germany, South Africa, Spain, the United States, and aboard the ms Koningsdam, as a member of its inaugural Lincoln Center Stage piano quintet, a collaboration between the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Holland America Line.

Winner of the prestigious Knigge Piano Competition, the Auditions Jeunes Artistes de Radio-Canada and the Atlantic Young Artist Competition, Mr. Doucet has also been a prize-winner at the Women's Musical Club of Toronto Career Development Award Competition, the National Music Festival and the Canadian Music Competition. His evocative and compelling readings of contemporary scores also make him a refreshing and vital musician, and have been rewarded at the Ibiza International Piano Competition, the CFMTA National Piano Competition, and the Prix d'Europe.

Furthermore, his ardent work in disseminating new music has led him to premiere works by Canadian composers J. Mitchell Burke, Richard Gibson, Pierre Michaud, Jared A. Miller and Jocelyn Morlock, Cuban composer Evelin Ramon, American composers William Bolcom, Mark Carlson and Libby Larsen, and South African composer Hendrik Hofmeyr.

Since premiering with Symphony New Brunswick in 2007, Mr. Doucet has performed with several orchestras in Quebec and South Africa, under the leadership of Airat Ichmouratov, Marzena Diakun, Carel Henn, Stéphane Laforest and Véronique Lussier.

An engaging chamber musician and collaborative pianist, he has shared the stage with some of North America’s most talented emerging vocalists, as well as members of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, among others.

Mr. Doucet is currently a doctoral candidate at l'Université de Montréal, under the tutelage of Maneli Pirzadeh. Additional studies have allowed Mr. Doucet to perfect his craft and perform at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Franz-Schubert-Institut, the Music Academy of the West, the Orford Festival, the Gijòn International Piano Festival, the Internationaler Klaviersommer Bad Bertrich, and as recipient of a Stern Fellowship at Songfest, working with such luminaries as Elly Ameling, Helmut Deutsch, Julius Drake, Margo Garrett, Marilyn Horne, Graham Johnson, Warren Jones, Kiri Te Kanawa, Martin Katz, Robert McDonald, Alan L. Smith, Dawn Upshaw and Roger Vignoles

As a writer, Mr. Doucet has been awarded the Antonine Maillet-Acadie Vie Literary Award for Kilométrage (Prix Volet jeunesse Richelieu). His first collection of poetry and short stories, Sorta comme si on était déjà là (Éditions Prise de parole), was shortlisted for the Prix littéraire Émie-Ollivier, and earned him the Discovery of the Year award at the Gala des Prix Éloizes.

Aware of the modern artist’s evolving role, Pierre-André Doucet has spent more than ten years administering non-profit organisations dedicated to culture, language rights, health, youth leadership and arts education. He is a strong advocate of contextualizing performances through pre-concert talks and commentated recitals, and strives to bring classical music to rural and underserved communities. As such, alongside pianist Julien LeBlanc, he has been Co-Artistic Director of Barachois Summer Music, in his native New Brusnwick, since 2012.

Reviews

Pianist Pierre-André Doucet [gave] a knockout performance of Liszt’s arrangement of his son-in- law’s Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde. The emotion of his playing and his impeccable control held the audience spellbound. This was followed by Aussie composer Carl Vine’s Piano Sonata No. 1 (1990). Doucet’s command was, once again, superb.

Anthony Kershaw, Audiophilia


Pierre-André Doucet is an accomplished pianist of the romantic, full-blooded school. His Liszt performances were impressive.

Michael Green, Artsmart


Pierre-André Doucet has a remarkable pen. His prose is both syncopated and melodious, his phrasing neat, his lyricism disillusioned.

Sébastien Lavoie, Lettres québécoises