Jean-Marie Beaudet

Jean-Marie Beaudet

Canadian conductor and pianist
Date of Birth: 20.02.1908
Country: Canada

  1. Biography of Jean-Marie Beaudet
  2. Concert Pianist and Conductor
  3. Teaching and Opera Conductor

Biography of Jean-Marie Beaudet

Jean-Marie Beaudet was a Canadian conductor, pianist, radio producer, educator, and radio host. He studied in Quebec under Alphonse Tardif, Henri Gagnon, and Robert Talbot, and from 1929 to 1932, he furthered his studies in Paris under Yves Nat (piano) and Marcel Dupré (organ). Upon returning to Canada, he began teaching at Laval University and became the organist at Saint-Dominique Church.

Concert Pianist and Conductor

Starting from the mid-1930s, Beaudet also performed as a concert pianist and was invited by Wilfrid Pelletier to conduct a series of concerts for the "Symphonic Concerts" orchestra. In 1937, he took charge of the musical programs of the Canadian Radio and its orchestra, touring successfully with them in the United States. In 1946, he conducted a program featuring works by Canadian composers at the first Prague Spring Music Festival.

Teaching and Opera Conductor

From 1947 to 1952, Beaudet led the orchestra class at the Montreal Conservatory and actively performed as an accompanist and opera conductor during this period. From 1953 to 1957, he worked at the Canadian Radio branch in Toronto, and from 1957 to 1959, he represented it in Paris. From 1961 to 1964, he served as the vice president of the Canadian Radio. In 1969, Beaudet became the first musical director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa.