Recognized as a brilliant musician, both authentic and versatile, Jimmy Brière leads a remarkable career as a pianist and as a pedagogue. He is regularly invited as a soloist or chamber musician throughout Canada and abroad.
Jimmy Brière has been a guest soloist for numerous orchestras including the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, the Orchestre de la Francophonie, the I Musici de Montréal chamber orchestra, the Orchestra Classica of Porto, the Pleven Philharmonic, the Ruse Philharmonic and the South Bend Symphony, amongst others. He is also a regular guest at major festivals and music organizations across Canada including the Festival de Lanaudière, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Orford Festival, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Domain Forget International Festival.
A sought-after chamber musician, he has performed with renowned musicians and en-sembles such as bass player Edgar Meyer, clarinetist James Campbell, the New Zealand String Quartet, and the Canadian Chamber Players. Additionally, many of his performances have been broadcasted on CBC and Radio-Canada, the WFMT-FM in Chicago, as well as Kol Hamusica, in Israel. Since 2017, he has been a member of the Trio Hochelaga with which he performed on various stages throughout Quebec and, more recently, toured China.
His first solo CD released on the Analekta label was very well received by critics in Canada and around the world. This disc features works by Korngold, Rota and Corigliano, all of which received an Oscar. Jimmy Brière has also recorded works for piano and chamber music by Jean Françaix under the label XXI-21 and most recently, an album of the chamber music of Auguste Descarries on Atma Classique.
First Prize Winner of the Hong Kong International Piano Competition in 1997, laureate of the Porto International Competition in 1996, prize winner of the CBC Radio National Competition for Young Performers in 2001, and gold medal winner of the Fischoff Chamber Music competition in 2004, Jimmy Brière also won the 21st Prix Opus for “Concert of the Year” in contemporary music (2018) for his performance of Alberto Ginastera’s Piano Concerto no. 2 with the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne.
A graduate of the Université de Montréal, Indiana University and the Glenn Gould School of Toronto, Jimmy Brière has studied with Marc Durand, Leon Fleisher, Manahem Pressler and André Laplante. He is currently an Associate Professor of Piano at the Music Faculty of the Université de Montréal. Regularly invited to give masterclasses at institutions of higher education, Brière also frequently acts as a jury member for various national and international competitions.