38th Northern Alberta
Winner, Senior Strings
Born into a family of musicians, fourteen-year-old Jacques Forestier has been playing the violin since the age of two. Currently studying with Bill Van der Sloot at Calgary’s Mount Royal University, Jacques is also part of their Academy Program for gifted youth.
Jacques has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships, including the Winspear Scholarship, The Ranald and Vera Shean Scholarship and the Alexandra Munn/John and Andrea Wallin Scholarship. He also has placed 1st at The Alberta Provincial Finals and the Canadian Music Competition.
In 2015 Jacques performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall in the Winner’s recital of the American Protégé International Music Competition.
Making his orchestral debut with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at age eleven, Jacques has also been a featured soloist with the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, Edmonton Youth Orchestra and the Edmonton Philharmonic Orchestra.
In September of this year, Jacques won 1st place at Lethbridge Symphony’s biennial Young Artists’ Competition. He will be a guest artist with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra in their 2019-2020 season performing Mozart’s 5th Violin Concerto.
Over the last few years Jacques has had the great opportunity to study with world class instructors such as Midori, Ida Kavafian, Patinka Kopec, Itamar Golan, and Pinchas Zukerman.
Jacques participated in the prestigious 2018 Menuhin International Violin Competition in Geneva, Switzerland, being the only Canadian to qualify for this competition.