Ensemble Carl Philipp
Born in 1958, Jean-François Rivest studied at the Conservatoire de Montréal (4 First Prizes), and with Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School in New York, where he obtained his Master’s degree in only two years. He has been concertmaster of l’Orchestre des jeunes du Québec, permanent member of the first violin section of the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, and has also won numerous prizes as a soloist, such as the First Prize in the MSO’s string competition. Thanks to his versatility — he plays the modern, classical, and baroque violin — Jean-François Rivest has been able to persue for a number of years a carreer as soloist and chamber musician, and, as such, has performed in numerous cities, both in Canada and in the United States. After producing some works as a composer, Jean-François Rivest decided to dedicate himself to conducting. He first conducts the ensemble which he founded in Juilliard, regularly performing at Lincoln Center; later, he founds, successively, the Carl Philipp Ensemble in Montréal, the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Chamber Orchestra, and, recently, l’Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal, at the head of which he toured Spain during the summer of 1994. Jean-François Rivest has also conducted l’Orchestre du Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal. In February 1995, he was invited by the Four Seasons Orchestra in Moscow, winning praise in the legendary hall of the Bolchoï. In June of 1995, he was named principle conductor and artistic director of l’Orchestre symphonique de Laval.