Hailed as one of the most gifted and captivating musicians of his generation, Canadian violinist Jean-Sébastien Roy has established a reputation as a highly inspired recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. He also has a vast experience as an orchestral leader. He was the Concertmaster of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Ohio USA from 2013 to 2015 as well as being guest concertmaster with the Edmonton Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg as well as the Orchestra of the Swedish Royal Opera in Stockholm. He is now a member of the Montréal Symphony Orchestra
M. Roy was awarded two of the greatest distinctions in Canada: the Prix d’Europe and the loan of the 1717 Windsor Weinstein Stradivarius. A top prize winner of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the Montreal International Violin Competitions (Canada), he has gone to perform throughout Europe, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the United-States.
He has appeared as guest soloist with prestigious ensembles and orchestras, such as the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Maestro Pinchas Zukerman), the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy (Maestro Bernard Labadie), the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal (Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin), and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (Maestro Jean-Marie Zeitouni). His rendition of Berg’s KammerKonzert at the Kulas Hall of Cleveland received exceptional praise by critics. He has also given recitals in the UK, France, Germany, United-States, New-Zealand and Polynesia.
Jean-Sébastien Roy’s musical commitment also extends to teaching master classes and to maintaining a dialogue with young musicians. He has been appointed Artist in Résidence at Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal during the 2010-2011 season and has taught at the Laurentides Music Center.
A formidable chamber musician, he has collaborated with world renowned artists such as Peter Salaff, Éric Lesage, Ida Haendel, Ilya Kaler, Jonhatan Crow and Andrew Wan. He was the first violinist of the Lloyd Carr-Harris string quartet, winner of the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, and toured with this ensemble across three continents.
He was awarded the ‘Prix avec Grande Distinction à l’unanimité du jury’ of the Montréal Conservatory of Music in 2002, and went on to study with the renowned professor Paul Kantor at the Cleveland Institute of Music. His other teachers include Rodney Friend, Malcom Lowe and Denise Lupien.
Jean-Sébastien Roy would like to acknowledge the kind support of the Québec and Canada Councils for the Arts. He currently plays on a magnificent violin made in 1745 by Carlo Antonio Testore as well as a Jacob Eury bow made in 1830.