Marc-André Pépin

Marc-André Pépin

Composer and pianist

Biography

Portrait de Marc-André Pépin

Marc-André Pépin was born in Beauce, Québec, Canada. He began playing piano at the age of 8 and has been composing ever since. He has one foot firmly planted in the world of music and the other in science. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Université Laval in Québec City, while at the same time studying composition under Alain Gagnon. He also received a Bachelor’s degree in music from Université de Montréal, where he studied under André Prévost and Serge Garant.

In 2008, he released Songs Without Words, his first CD, a collection of twelve original compositions. The album was played on radio stations across Canada and the world. The CD’s success landed him his first recital in 2009 at Québec’s Centre d’Art La Chapelle which was dedicated entirely to his music.

At the end of 2010, he launched a second CD entitled Rendez-vous. This album received a nomination in the Best instrumental album of the year category at the ADISQ gala 2011. ADISQ is the Quebec province musical industry awards.

In fall 2013, he released his third album Variable Skies.

As a member of the international co-op of piano artists “Enlightened Piano Radio”, he had the privilege to participate to the “Enlightened Piano Radio Awards Ceremony and Concert” at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in October 2015.

At the end of 2017, he recorded a fourth album entitled Tempus Fugit released in February 2018. The album was nominated in the Best instrumental album of the year category at the ADISQ Gala 2018.

In November 2018, a Christmas album entitled Silent Nights was released containing 16 variations for piano of the famous melody composed by Franz Xaver Gruber.

His influences stem mainly from classical music and range from Bach to Schoenberg, with a particular fondness for Bach, Beethoven and Bruckner. He also loves music of contemporary composers such as André Gagnon, Michel Legrand, Ennio Morricone and Ludovico Einaudi.

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