Since his first performances in Asia and the release of his first solo album in 2008, pianist Mathieu Gaudet has quickly established himself on the Canadian scene as a complete artist hailed for the passion and intelligence of his musical approach.
This season is the third of a four-year Schubert recital series encompassing the complete sonatas and major piano works at Montréal’s Chapelle historique du bon Pasteur. Mr. Gaudet also played the Schumann Concerto with the Orchestre symphonique du Saguenay under maestro Jean-Michel Malouf in February 2017 and opened the Pentaedre wind quintet season with quintets by Caplet and Magnard, with which they toured France in 2015.
Mathieu Gaudet is a regular guest of the Arte Musica Foundation, and has already performed several solo and chamber music concerts in Montréal’s Bourgie Hall. His summers have been busy with frequent appearances at the Concerts aux Iles du Bic festival and the Ahuntsic en Fugue festival, for which he has been co-artistic director since 2015.
Among the highlights of this young musician’s career are his interpretations of Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 under conductors Leon Fleisher and Gustav Meier, and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 under the direction of Jean-François Rivest. Praising the honesty and passion of his musical approach, renowned pianist Jean-Philippe Collard named Mathieu Gaudet his “coup de Coeur” at the 2004 Montreal International Musical Competition. Other awards include first prizes at the Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition in Toronto, at the Harrison Winters and Russell Wonderlic Competitions in Baltimore, and at the Canadian Music Competition.
Mathieu Gaudet’s first CD, Rachmaninov: 24 Préludes pour Piano, was released in 2008. The recording is the product of the pianist’s long reflection on the nature of the great Russian composer’s music and was warmly received by critics. A second album featuring Schumann’s Fantaisie, Op. 17 and Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6 was released in 2011 and nominated for a 2012 OPUS prize for Album of the Year – Romantic, Post-Romantic and Impressionist music.
Mathieu Gaudet holds a Master of Music degree from Baltimore’s prestigious Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Julian Martin and took additional lessons with Leon Fleisher. He completed his training in Toronto with André Laplante and with a doctorate from the Université de Montréal, working with Paul Stewart. In the fall of 2014 he was a visiting professor of piano at the University of Ottawa.