Jacques Forestier, 17
2022 Silver Medalist
2022 Bach Prize Winner
Canada and United States

Hailed by CBC Music as one of the “Top 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30.” 17-year-old Jacques Forestier began playing the violin at the age of two, and has since delighted audiences around North America, Europe, and Asia. Presently a student of Patinka Kopec, Jacques is also a student of Itzhak Perlman, Li Lin, and Catherine Cho at the Perlman Music Program. Jacques has performed as a soloist with orchestras on multiple continents making his orchestral début with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at the age of 11. Jacques is a laureate of many national and international competitions – most recently, 1st Prize at the 2021 International Shean Strings Competition and 3rd Prize at the 2022 Johansen International Competition. In March 2015, Jacques was invited to perform as a soloist at Carnegie Hall. In May 2019, Jacques toured Asia with the award-winning European ensemble – LGT Young Soloists. Presented as a student-artist at the 2019 biennial Starling-DeLay Violin Symposium at the Juilliard School, Jacques is grateful for the support of many scholarships and would like to extend his gratitude to the Edmonton Community Foundation, Mount-Royal University Conservatory of Music, and the Perlman Music Program.

In September 2022, Jacques will be attending the Curtis Institute of Music.