Summer Piano Workshop for Adults

Musical Improvement at the Heart of Plateau Mont-Royal! !
Cours de piano

The workshop is aimed at intermediate to advanced amateur pianists who wish to deepen their playing in a friendly and stimulating environment. With a focus on learning through listening and sharing, students will benefit from masterclasses and a conference given by specialists in classical music. Access to practice rooms is also available, as well as access to a grand piano. The workshop will conclude with a musical cocktail during which students can perform their repertoire.

What the workshop includes

  • 2 masterclass-style lessons
  • 1 workshop given by a guest teacher
  • 1 individual practice session on the grand piano
  • Access to practice rooms
  • Coffee and pastries each morning
  • One drink during the cocktail
  • Lots of fun!

Having completed 5 years of private lessons

August 3rd and 4th, 2024

Registration Period
Until June 1st, 2024
Limited to 8 participants

From 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday and from 9 am to 7 pm on Sunday


Lisandre Sévigny Di Quinzio


Sebastian Verdugo

Cours de piano

Originally from Chile, Sebastian Verdugo holds a doctorate in performance from the University of Montreal under the supervision of Marc Durand and Jimmy Brière in 2017. He also obtained a master's degree from the same institution in 2011. A graduate of the Escuela Moderna de Musica in Chile and the recipient of the largest scholarship awarded by the Chilean government to complete his master's and doctoral studies, Sebastian has participated in numerous development workshops in the United States (Mammoth Lakes Piano Seminar and Chautauqua Festival), France (Classics Abroad), and Canada (Banff Centre for the Arts, Orford Music), where he benefited from the guidance of renowned teachers such as Julian Martin, Jean-Marc Luisada, and Jean-François Antonioli.

He is also interested in popular music, particularly Latin American music. He has performed, among others, at Place des Arts in a traditional Argentine tango program and regularly performs with different musicians on the Montreal popular scene.

As a teacher, he has been a piano professor at the Universidad Catolica de Temuco (Chile), the Escuela de Musica Moderna (Chile), and a lecturer at the University of Montreal. He has also taught privately for many years, thus possessing extensive teaching experience for all ages and levels.


Jean-Christophe Melançon

Cours de pianoJean-Christophe Melançon is a Montreal pianist who graduated "with distinction" from the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal in Richard Raymond's class. His great sensitivity allows him to stand out in several regional, provincial, and national competitions. In 2014, he performed at Place-des-Arts as part of the Gala des Futures Etoiles. In 2018, he won the Grand Prize at the Montreal Classical Music Festival. In 2019, he won the Grand Prix at the Lanaudière Music Competition Festival. In 2022, he won the 3rd prize at the Grand Finale of the Pierre-De Saurel Classical Music Competition Festival and the Sherbrooke Music Competition Festival. He has given recitals at the Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur, Salle Pierre-Mercure, Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, Gesù, and several conservatories in Quebec. He has also performed in the United States as part of the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Jean-Christophe had the opportunity to refine his skills with great masters such as John Perry, Julian Martin, Ronan O'Hora, David Jalbert, and Jean Saulnier. In August 2022, Jean-Christophe participated in the Gijón International Piano Festival in Spain, where he had the chance to perform in several recitals while working with renowned teachers such as Robert Macdonald, Julian Martin, and Soyeon Lee. The Fondation des Jeunesses Musicales du Canada generously supported this project. Jean-Christophe enjoys learning and exploring repertoire from all eras by delving into the styles and traditions that characterize them, but he has developed a particular love for Russian composers, notably Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, and Kapustin. Jean-Christophe is currently refining his skills at the University of Montreal with Henry Kramer and is one of the 10 semi-finalists of the OSM Competition 2022. In winter 2024, the pianist participates in an advanced training workshop at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia in Madrid thanks to the Fondation des Jeunesses Musicales du Canada.


Lynne Gagné 
Lynne Gagné holds a bachelor's degree in music and a master's degree in musicology from the University of Montreal. In addition to her studies, she teaches piano to clients of all ages, which becomes her main occupation along with her participation in piano exam juries and competitions. She has also given lectures on the history of music for the University of the Third Age at the University of Sherbrooke for over twenty years. She currently teaches piano as well as the "Knowledge of Repertoire" course as part of the music-study program at the Vincent d'Indy School of Music.

Conference : Music for the piano

This workshop offers an overview of piano literature throughout history. From the early 17th century (fortepiano) to the present day, composers have been inspired by this instrument. The workshop includes listening to various musical compositions highlighting the new possibilities of the instrument that has continued to evolve over time."