Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières.
Chief Conductor, Scottish Ballet.
Jean-Claude Picard is widely regarded as a communicative and engaging conductor by fellow artists, critics and audiences alike. His natural bond with music and his ability to communicate it effortlessly through a solid technique render performances of high artistic standards, delivered with elegance and dynamism whilst being carefully crafted. As a result, he regularly returns to many of the orchestras he has conducted so far, both in Europe and in North America, also being offered two music directorships in the early stages of his career.
In his native Canada, he conducts orchestras such as the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Toronto Symphony, Orchestre symphonique de Québec, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières, Victoria Symphony and Symphony Nova Scotia, as well as Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and I Musici.
In Europe, Jean-Claude has enjoyed successful return visits to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra following the completion of his successful tenure as Associate Conductor, the Manchester Camerata, Scottish Ballet, a critically acclaimed debut with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra, Geneva Chamber Orchestra, Porto Symphony Orchestra Casa da Música, Leipzig Symphony, Pärnu City Orchestra and Red Note Ensemble.
Aside from his important positions as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières and Chief Conductor of Scottish Ballet, other engagements in the previous and forthcoming seasons include return visits to the Orchestre symphonique de Quebec, Victoria Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia as well as debuts with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Geneva Chamber Orchestra, I Musici, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Washington National Opera Orchestra, and performances at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston and the Edinburgh International Festival.
Jean-Claude has premiered and recorded works by Canadian and British composers such as Kelly-Marie Murphy, Dinuk Wijeratne, Ned Bigham, Peter Salem, Rory Boyle and Oliver Searle. His first commercial recording with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra featuring new works of composer Ned Bigham was warmly received by the press.
Prior to conducting, Jean-Claude was a sought-after flautist and performed with orchestras such as the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway, l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Geneva Chamber Orchestra and Les Violons du Roy, and played in venues such as the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.