Jean-François Normand is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music in New York. Professor of clarinet at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal since 2000, he also teaches at McGill University and Domaine Forget. He has trained many students who have distinguished themselves by winning competitions: the Prix d’Europe, the Stepping Stone of the Canadian Music Competition and the Grand Prix of the OSM Competition. Mr. Normand is Principal clarinet of the Orchestre symphonique de Laval and has performed as a soloist with several orchestras including the symphony orchestras of Montreal, Quebec, Toronto, Texarkanas and the Orchestre Métropolitain. His performance of W.A. Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto was praised by the press: “perfectly natural play, immaculate technique, flexible phrasing, beautiful and always controlled sound, accuracy, style, imagination also in the improvisation of little ornaments here and there (Claude Gingras, La Presse). He is also very active as a chamber musician, especially in the trio Canoë with the violist Marina Thibeault and the pianist Philip Chiu. He is passionate about music on period instruments and plays with several early music ensembles, including Tafelmusik and Ensemble Artek.