Pianist Stéphane Lemelin is well-known to audiences throughout Canada and regularly tours in the United States, Europe, and Asia as a soloist and chamber musician.
His repertory is vast, with a predilection for German Classical and Romantic literature and a particular affinity for French music, as evidenced by his more than twenty-five recordings, which include works by Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Poulenc and Roussel. Stéphane Lemelin is director of the French music series “Découvertes 1890-1939” on the ATMA Classique label, dedicated to the rediscovery of neglected early twentieth-century French repertoire and for which he has recorded works by Samazeuilh, Ropartz, Pierné, Migot, Dupont, Dubois, Rhené-Bâton, Rosenthal, Alder, Lekeu, and Vierne. His latest recording features the complete works for violin and piano by Gyorgy Catoire, with violinist Laurence Kayaleh, and was released on the Naxos label in 2016.
Stéphane Lemelin studied with Yvonne Hubert in Montreal, and Karl-Ulrich Schnabel in New York, and received both Bacholer’s and Master’s degrees from the Peabody Conservatory as a student of Leon Fleisher. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University, where his teachers were Boris Berman and Claude Frank. He was a professor at the University of Alberta and the University of Ottawa, where he also served as Director of the School of Music from 2007 to 2012. He is now Chair of the Department of Performance and Professor of Piano at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. A dedicated pedagogue, he has been invited to give master classes around the world. Stéphane Lemelin was a member of Trio Hochelaga from 2003 to 2012 and the founder and artistic director of the Prince Edward County Music Festival from 2004 to 2017.