Faculty of Music

Stephan Sylvestre

Stéphan Sylvestre ranks among the most sought-after Canadian pianists. Compared by critics to Artur Rubinstein for his natural talent (La Presse, Montreal), he has given performances in numerous countries throughout North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and in Russia. He performed five solo recitals in the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), appeared with top Canadian orchestras and in Canada's leading international festivals, and played live for the BBC. One of Canada's most praised chamber musicians, he regularly collaborates with internationally acclaimed artists and ensembles such as James Campbell, James Sommerville, Ransom Wilson, Martin Beaver, Rivka Golani, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Penderecki, New Zealand, and New Orford string quartets, as well as with first chairs of the Israel Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony and Montreal Symphony orchestras. His recordings have been hailed by critics and his latest Brahms recording was placed alongside Murray Perahia’s Brahms interpretation by WholeNote magazine. He regularly gives masterclasses around the world and has sat on juries of prestigious competitions such as the Montreal International Piano Competition. Stéphan Sylvestre has been associate professor and head of keyboard studies at Western University Canada since 2005. His teachers have included Leon Fleisher, John Perry, Marc Durand and Marek Jablonski.