Since her debut as soloist at age 12 with a women orchestra in the South of France, Jeanne Hourez has appeared as soloist with such orchestras as the Orchestre Symphonique de Cannes, the Orchestre Symphonique Azuréen and the Orchestre Philharmonique des Musiciens de Montréal. She also performed numerous recitals in Europe, North America and Asia and participated in seasonal music festivals as Jeunes Talents in Paris, Orford Musique in Quebec, the Festival International de Mandoline de Castellar, Candlelights Concerts in the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam, Les Heures Musicales du Marais, the Festival de l’Estérel, the Festival Va jouer dehors, and Les Vacances de Monsieur Haydn.
Awards have included three Gold Prizes at the London Young Musician Competition (2021, United Kingdom), the 5th Prize of Harmonium OnlinePlus International Music Competition (2020, Armenia), the 4th Prize at the Krystian Tkaczewski International Piano Competition (2020, USA/Poland), the Grand Prize and the Public Prize at the International Piano Competition Alain Marinaro (2015, France), Winner of the OPMEM Concerto Competition (2013, Canada), 1st Grand Prize of Aix-en-Provence National Competition (2009, France).
An active chamber musician, Jeanne performed numerous concerts with instrumentalists, singers and choirs. She is co-founder of the Ensemble Benzaiten, the repertoire of which uniquely includes the mandolin and places special emphasis on this rare instrument. The ensemble has performed concerts and pluridisciplinary shows in several places in Europe (France, The Netherlands, Belarus) and Canada. The musicians also gave lectures and workshops on different topics related to the mandolin. In June 2018, the ensemble released a recording dedicated to Franz Schubert and Julie Thériault, a Canadian composer. They performed at the French National radio France Musique the same year. An equally passionate about new music, Jeanne collaborates with young composers since several years. In 2020, she was awarded the 4th Annual Kristin Pankonin Award from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with singer Meghan Jolliffe and composer Ericsson Hartfield. She performed several times with the New Music Ensemble at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and took part in a master-class focusing on John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano.
Previously, she was involved as a pianist and a board member in the Société de Concerts de Montréal, an organisation highlighting new music composers and creates accessible and immersive musical experiences. In 2017, she took part in the Ecole de Danse Contemporaine de Montreal’s year end show, a project built with choreographer Harold Rhéaume, composers Pierre-Luc Lecours and Gabriel Penido and the students from the school.
A graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and the University of Montreal, Jeanne Hourez studied with George Pludermacher, Frank Braley and Dang Thai Son. Through her career, she had the chance to receive valuable advice from great musicians including Stephen Kovacevich, Michel Merlet, Jacques Rouvier, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Jane Coop, and Jean-Philippe Collard. When studying in Montreal, Jeanne wrote classical concerts and discs reviews for some media. She now lives in the Bay Area and earns a post-graduate diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Additionally, she earns a Master’s Degree in French Literature from the University of Montreal under the supervision of Catherine Mavrikakis. For her work on the French author Marguerite Duras, she was awarded the prestigious Laurent Mailhot-Élyane Roy scholarship.