Event Archive - Classical Guitar Recital:
Known for his energetic style—“…equalling the energy of a rock band – move aside Hetfield!” (Classical Guitar Canada), “…whoever chose the term energetic wasn’t kidding…”(Classical Guitar Magazine)—the Canadian classical guitarist Jean-Francois Desrosby has shown his talent on the stages of the United States, Mexico, France, Germany and Canada. Described by the magazine InfOpera as a musician with “… great taste and the true meaning of music…,” the composer Pascal Sasseville-Quoquochi highlights, “… a completely mastered technique and a sense of musicality full of a surprising depth.” He has garnered praise for his exceptional musicianship, his rock star-like stage presence, his virtuosity and, finally, “… the purity of his interpretation and his ability to captivate his audience” (R. Servin. Dir. FIGI, Mexico). His first recording—Giuliani, Moreno-Torroba, Sasseville-Quoquochi, recorded by Raiu—was enthusiastically received and generated much praise. This can be seen in the comments of Classical Guitar Canada (“I look forward to hearing more from Desrosby and highly await his next recording) and the prestigious Classical Guitar magazine (“… the white-knuckle approach to Giuliani technical acrobatics leaving us no doubt that we’re in [the] presence of a guitarist who can send out [a] lot of notes within an impressively narrow timescale… I’d now be very interested indeed to witness this guitarist performing live on stage.”).
Besides his concert career, Jean-François is also recognised as an excellent teacher, heading the Classical Guitar Department at the University of Sherbrooke and overseeing several master’s classes and conferences each year. His research in the fields of biomechanics and psychology of performance has led to the writing of the book Guitaristes Classiques: Les Secrets de Votre Potentiel! [Classical Guitarists: Unlock Your Potential!], and the blog, “The Modern Guitarist,” positioned him as an important player in the modernisation of guitar pedagogy. As a modern actor on the classical-guitar scene, he has collaborated with several composers to create a new repertoire for the instrument, and he does not hesitate to incorporate elements of jazz, rock and world music with a classical aesthetic in concert and recordings pieces. He holds a Doctorate in Music Performance (D.Mus.) from the University of Montreal (research topic: Optimising the performance on classical guitar with biomechanics and psychology) and the Prize with High Distinction from the Conservatory of Music in Montreal. He has also had the opportunity to work with some of the leading guitarists of our time, and he has received several prestigious prizes and awards during his career. Jean-François plays exclusively on Savarez strings