Jean-Francois Proulx photoPianist, Jean-François Proulx, currently resides in Philadelphia, PA, where he is active as a solo performer, collaborative artist and teacher. He was born in Ottawa, Canada, and grew up in the province of Québec.

Mr. Proulx studied at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he obtained a double Master’s of Music in Piano Performance and Chamber Music (2002), as well as a Doctorate of Musical Art (2009). During his studies, Mr. Proulx was very active as a vocal coach for individual singers as well as opera productions, and accompanied many degree recitals for various instrumentalists.

In Canada, Mr. Proulx’s solo recitals were broadcast on national radio (CBC Radio-Canada) in 1995 and 1998, and on television (Channel Vox) in 2004. He has performed in several of the country’s most prestigious venues including the Canadian Museum of Civilizations and Chateau Laurier. Mr. Proulx also won First Prize at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec Competition in 1993, First Prize at the prestigious Canadian Music Competition in 1998, and received the special title of Artist of the Year in 1999 from the city of Gatineau.

Recognized for his affinity with J. S. Bach’s music, Mr. Proulx was invited to perform a solo piano recital at St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church in 2005, as part of the Philadelphia Bach Aria Festival. In 2006, he had the opportunity to perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 under the baton of Maestro Rossen Milanov, and in 2007, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1, under the baton of Stephen Bednarzik.

“Undoubtedly a pianist from the French School” Mr. Proulx is known for his “clarity of execution and well-balanced playing where the colors converge toward pure light.” (Three Pianists, Three Promises by Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaer - LeDroit Newspaper, 02/08/1997.)

Mr. Proulx is enthusiastically involved with composition and with the performance of new music. His song based on the poem Happiness, by Stephen Dunn, was selected by Network for New Music in 2004 to be included in their concert, The Poetry Project. He presented piano repertoire containing rarely performed extended techniques such as, Cowell’s The Banshee, and Bolcom’s Lilith. His monograph, A Pedagogical Guide to Extended Piano Techniques, explores new ways of mastering these unusual techniques, which involve, for example, playing directly on the strings of the piano.

Recently inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Mr. Proulx joined the faculty of Temple University as an adjunct Artist-In-Residence. He also teaches in Haverford, PA, at the Nelly Berman School. A music school whose main mission consists in providing high level musical instruction to exceptionally gifted young musicians.