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Since the age of 28, Jean-Michaël Lavoie has enjoyed an international career as a guest conductor and has performed in more than 40 music capitals, including Salzburg, Berlin, Vienna, Paris, Cologne, New York, Los Angeles, Prague, Milan, Venice.

Assistant director of the Intercontemporary Ensemble between 2008 and 2010, he worked closely and frequently with Pierre Boulez, including the Lucerne Festival Academy. This collaboration led him to direct a series of contemporary music projects, as well as to strengthen his relationship with groups such as the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Resonanz and the Contemporary Musicians of Israel, as well as with the Klangforum Wien.

Lavoie made his American debut in 2010 with a residency with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as part of the "Dudamel Conducting Fellow" program, appearing at Walt Disney Hall in the Orchestra's "Green Umbrella" contemporary music series. .


In 2011 Jean-Michaël Lavoie performed for the first time at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, sharing credits with director Susanna Mälkki in the world premiere of Luca Francesconi's Quartett, which he presented the following year at the Vienna Festival.

Some of his recent activities include the recording of an album with the Radio France Philharmonic, his operatic debut with the Opéra de Lyon with Viktor Ullmann's The Emperor of Atlantis, and the world premiere of Christian Lauba's La Lettre des Sables with the Bordeaux National Opera.

Jean-Michaël has been a guest conductor at the Berlin Philharmonie Hall during the Berlin Festival as well as at the Salzburg Biennale. He has been invited on more than one occasion to conduct the BBC National Symphony Orchestras of Wales, Toronto, Montreal, Freiburg SWR, Aarhus, Edmonton, German Radio Philharmonics in Saarbrücken-Kaiserslautern, and Luxembourg.

In the 2015-2016 season he made his debut with the Strasbourg Philharmonic, with the Prague Radio Symphony, the Ensemble MusikFabrik and the Victoria Symphony (Canada). He returned with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and with the Intercontemporary Ensemble at the Venice Biennale.

Some of his future concerts will take him to Germany on a tour with the Ensemble Resonanz, the Bundesjugendballett and choreographer Natalia Horecna, followed by his first performances with the WDR Cologne Symphony, the Düsseldorf Symphony, the German Opera on the Rhine and the National Orchestra of Bordeaux Aquitaine, as well as the world premiere of the opera Himitsu no Neya by Auréllen Dumont in Nagoya, Japan.

Appointed Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Music of the University of Montreal since January 1, 2017, where he is also Director of the Contemporary Music Ensemble and the Contemporary Music Workshop.

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