Biography

Born into a family of musicians, fifteen-year-old Jacques Forestier began playing the violin at the age of two under the instruction of his mother Marie Forestier and has since delighted audiences across North America, Europe, and Asia with his passion for music and love of performing.

Presently studying with William Vander Sloot at Mount Royal University in Calgary and Patinka Kopec. Jacques is also a student of Itzhak Perlman, Li Lin, and Catherine Cho at the Perlman Music Program.

Jacques has won many awards and scholarships. Recently, he won first prize at the Northern Alberta Concerto Competition performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto at Winspear Center with the Senior Edmonton Youth Orchestra. He also won first prize at the Canadian Music Competition National Finals in Gatineau, Quebec, and has has been the recipient of the Winspear Fund Scholarship in 2016 and 2017.

In March 2015, Jacques performed at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall in the Winner’s recital of the American Protégé International Competition.  As part of the Edmonton Recital Series 2016 season, Jacques shared the stage with two of Canada’s leading violinists, Jonathon Crow and Andrew Wan, concertmasters of the Toronto and Montreal Symphonies.

In September 2018, Jacques won first prize at the biennial Young Artists Competition in Lethbridge resulting in a performance of Mozart’s 5th Violin Concerto with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra in their 2019/2020 season. In addition to winning the ‘Best Canadian Work Interpretation Prize’ Jacques also won the 3rd prize of the 2019 OSM Manulife Competition in Montreal, Canada.

In June 2016 Jacques made his orchestral debut with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Bill Eddins. Jacques has also been a soloist with the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, Edmonton Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Edmonton Youth Orchestra.

Jacques was invited by Pinchas Zukerman to attend the Young Artists Program at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. He was also accepted on a full scholarship to study at the Morningside Musicbridge program held at the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA, and in Warsaw, Poland. He was also a student-artist at the Biennial Starling-Delay Symposium at the Juilliard School in New York.

In May of 2019, Jacques toured Asia with the LGT Young Soloists.

Jacques has had the great opportunity to study with world-class instructors such as Christian Tetzlaff, Itzhak Perlman, Andres Cardenes, Midori Goto, Ida Kavafian, Pinchas Zukerman, and many others.

April 2018 Jacques participated in the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition in Geneva, Switzerland – the only Canadian to qualify.