Fellow of the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, pianist Élisabeth Pion (b.1996) is currently pursuing the Artist Masters - Performance degree at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, with Professor Ronan O’Hora, as a full scholarship recipient of this institution. She holds a Bachelor degree as well as an Artist Diploma from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, where she studied with Suzanne Goyette and André Laplante, and graduated at the unanimity of the jury with the highest mention, “Grande Distinction”.
Élisabeth has notably won the 1st prize of the Thousand Islands International Piano Competition, the Banque Nationale Award at the Prix d’Europe, the 1st Prize of the Shean Piano Competition, the Guildhall Wigmore Recital Prize and the Musician’s Company Silver Medal.
Since 2018, she is a member of the Saorsa Trio, which she founded with violinist Ragnhilde Kyvik Bauge and cellist Julia Sompolinska. They will perform during the upcoming Leeds International Concert Season in 2020.
Élisabeth has taken part in many festivals: in Canada, the Festival International du Domaine Forget, Orford Music and the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance; in the United States, the Adamant School of Music and the Brevard Music Center. Following her performances at the Adamant School of Music, she received an invitation to perform in Carnegie Hall in 2015. In Europe, she has studied at the International Piano Academy Pianale, the Malta International Music Festival, the International Holland Music Sessions, and the Hellensmusic Festival.
Élisabeth has notably worked in masterclasses with Till Fellner, Benedetto Lupo, Nikolai Lugansky, Stephen Hough, Boris Berman, Bernd Goetske, Claudio Martinez Mehner, Akiko Ebi, Christian Blackshaw and Robert Levin. She is also currently studying Classical Improvisation with David Dolan.
Élisabeth has been invited as a soloist with the Ensemble Sinfonia de Montréal, the Malta Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, and the Ensemble Volte. She was recently broadcasted by the BBC as part of the event “Lili & Nadia Boulanger: Total Immersion”.
Élisabeth was named in the 2018 CBC Palmares 30 Hot Canadian Musicians under 30 and was also among the musicians chosen by La Scena Musicale Magazine to figure in their 15 Risings Stars Palmares of the 2018 edition. She is generously supported by the Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund, Talent Unlimited Charity and the Yeomen young artist program. She will play with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at a later date, as winner of the Shean Piano Competition, and will make her Wigmore Recital Hall solo debut on June 15th 2020.