A laureate at prestigious international piano competitions such as Vianna da Motta (Portugal, 1999) and William Kapell (United States, 1998), Richard Raymond has also received the Virginia Parker Award (1998) given by the Canada Council for the Arts for outstanding contribution to music. He was also the recipient of the Prix Cécile Mesnard-Pomerleau (1995) awarded by the Jeunesses Musicales.Mr. Raymond has earned a number of distinctions in Canada, notably first prizes at both the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition and the International Stepping Stone of the Canadian Music Competition in 1990. The following year, he was awarded the highest honors at the Radio-Canada National Radio Competition for young performers. By 1992, his reputation on an international level was firmly established. Indeed, he took the First Prize at the prestigious Montreal International Music Competition, competing with 49 other contestants from around the world, the second Canadian musician to have ever earned such an honor. A few months later, Mr. Raymond was awarded the prize in chamber music at the Van Cliburn Competition. In July 2003, he won the Fifth edition of the Web International Concert Hall Competition, for the Reubke Sonata.Mr. Raymond’s concert performances consistently generate great enthusiasm. In Canada, he has performed with the symphony orchestras of, notably, Montreal, Toronto, Quebec City, and Vancouver, as well as with the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal and the Winnipeg Chamber Orchestra. On a worldwide scale, he has played in Germany at the Ruhr Klavier-Festival, in China with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, at New York’s Lincoln Center, in Italy, as well as in France. He is also very active as a chamber musician. Mr. Raymond is an associate professor of music at McGill University.