Originally from Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Jacques Lacombe received his musical training at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec in Trois-Rivières and Montreal as well as the Vienna Academy of Music, where he graduated in conducting and choral conducting. In 1989, Jacques Lacombe won Second Prize in the fifth Hungarian Television International Conductors’ Competition in Budapest and was a Canada Council for the Arts award recipient for three consecutive years. He also won the Joseph S. Stauffer Prize in 1988.Currently the music director and principal conductor of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Jacques Lacombe was music director and principal conductor of the Philharmonie de Lorraine in Metz, France from 1998 to 2001. While assistant conductor to Charles Dutoit at the Montreal Symphony Orchestra from 1994 to 1998, he was also assistant conductor and chorus master at the Opéra de Montréal. There he worked on over 20 opera productions, and conducted notably The Magic Flute, Werther, The Pearl Fishers, and Le Portrait de Manon in coproduction with the Lanaudière International Festival, where he has been a regular guest since 1990. He has conducted Les Noces by Stravinsky, Carmina Burana, Coppélia, and The Nutcracker for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, and The Merry Widow for the National Ballet of Canada in Toronto.With such a vast lyrical, symphonic, and choreographic repertoire, Jacques Lacombe is regularly the guest of many prestigious orchestras and opera houses, notably the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe, Germany, the Opéra-Théâtre de Metz and the Théâtre d’Avignon in France, the Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Belgium, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Florentine Opera Company in Milwaukee, and the Opéra de Montréal. He has accompanied many internationally renowned artists, including Dimitri Hvorostovski, Jennifer Larmore, Richard Leech, Louis Quilico, Pascal Rogé, Diana Soviero, and Pieter Wispelwey. He has also recorded for radio, television, and on disc on several occasions.