Praised for his versatility, pianist Matthieu Fortin plays both classical and contemporary repertoires with style. From Beethoven to Boulez, Chopin to Ravel, he plays the great works of the past and present with brilliance and sensitivity and has already been recognized with several important prizes. In both 2002 and 2005, he was awarded the Prix du Lieutenant-Gouverneur du Québec. In 2004, he won the Joseph Rouleau Award from the Montreal International Music Competition, and in 2005 he won the CBC-Galaxy Rising Star award. Matthieu Fortin has also been awarded grants from various organizations such as the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, Les Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, and the Fonds québecois de recherche sur la société et la culture.
Matthieu Fortin was granted his Doctorate of Music in Performance at l’Université de Montréal in 2007. He then pursued his interest in contemporary music with advanced studies at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal under the supervision of the internationally renowned pianist Louise Bessette. That same year, a grant from the Conseil des arts du Québec allowed him to study in Berlin, Germany with the great French pianist Jacques Rouvier. He has also studied with Jacinthe Couture, Marc Durand, Julian Martin and Paul Stewart.
Matthieu Fortin has been frequently heard in collaboration with dance projects. In the 2006 Danse-Cité production Projet Roy, Matthieu performed pieces by Chopin on-stage with dancer Ken Roy. This led to a further collaboration with choreographer Hélène Blackburn and her contemporary dance company Cas Public, with whom he toured extensively.
Interested in working with composers of his generation as well as more established composers, he commissioned and/or premiered in the last few years works by Julien Bilodeau. Linda Bouchard and Thomas Stiegler (+ Bozzini String Quarter), Stacey Brown, Benoît Côté, Éric Champagne and Ana Sokolovic, amongst others.
In a wider perspective, this young pianist has been heard as orchestral soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and collaborative pianist in Europe, USA, China and Canada, including appearances with the Orchestre Symphonique du Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, the Choeur Classique Vaudreuil-Soulanges and at the Festival international de Lanaudière and the Festival International du Domaine Forget.
Also dedicating a part of his time to teaching and an active collaborative pianist, Matthieu Fortin works at École de musique Vincent d’indy, Université de Montréal, McGill University and the Music Departement at UQAM (Université du Québec à Montréal).