Dr. Carl Philippe Gionet
Whether as a soloist or accompanist, Acadian pianist Carl Philippe Gionet is a sought after collaborator and works with numerous performers mainly in Europe and North America.
He received his Doctorate in Piano Performance at the Université de Montréal under the direction of renowned Nova Scotian pianist Paul Stewart. His doctoral research focused on the influence of life-experience in the piano works of English composer Benjamin Britten. He has also received training in collaborative piano in Europe with, among others, Roger Vignoles, David Lutz, Carolyn Hague and Susan Manoff. Carl has participated in the Académie de Villecroze with Dalton Baldwin, the Heidelberg Lied Akademie with Thomas Hampson, the Crear Scholars with Malcolm Martineau, the Schubert Stichting in Amsterdam, the Oxford Lieder Masterclass and the Britten-Pears Young Artist Program in the UK and the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Austria. In addition, he has played in master classes with Martin Isepp, Elly Ameling, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Wolfram Rieger, Julius Drake, Rudolf Jansen and Ivry Gitlis.
Carl is an award recipient of the prestigious Sylva Gelber Music Foundation and has received numerous scholarships and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Foundation des Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, the New Brunswick Arts Council, the Université de Moncton and the Université de Montréal. He recently received the Prix Émergence from the AAAUM, recognizing his career and achivements.
The diffusion of classical music to all audiences is very important to him. For several years he has been involved encouraging the development of young musicians through adjudicating at music festivals in Canada, speaking in schools and giving master classes. Despite his numerous travels, he remains very involved in promoting music in his native Acadia. In 2013 he founded Musique sur mer en Acadie, an organization dedicated to education and promotion of classical music in Francophone minority communities. Since 2014, he is teaching at the summer masterclass given by the Associazione Cieili Vibranti in Breno, Italy.
Along with his commitments in the field of classical music, Carl Philippe Gionet has performed in Canada and Europe as accompanist and composer with many artists of the Francophonie. He has shared the stage with the composer and pianist Michel Legrand and has several recordings for radio and television of TV5 and Radio-Canada to his credit.