Monique LeBlanc, pianist and presenter, is associated with the worlds of both broadcasting and education. Born in Rimouski, she began her studies in Roberval, followed by l’Université Laval and l’Université de Montréal, where her teachers included pianists Frans Brouw and Marc Durand.
Having been a soloist and accompanist on the air for Radio-Canada as well as a guest artist with l’Orchestre de chambre de Radio-Canada and l’Orchestre symphonique du Saguenay Lac-Saint-Jean, Monique LeBlanc has also written over 50 songs and composed music for several plays (Michel-Marc Bouchard, Robert Bellefeuille) that have gone on tour and received radio broadcasts. She regularly performed on the show Club de minuit featuring pianist-improvisers (on Radio-Canada’s Chaîne culturelle) and, in Montreal’s community cultural centres (maisons de la culture), she gave the recitals Un piano qui chante and Un piano à la mer, based on her own arrangements. She also recently produced, on the Storkclassics Label, an album of solo piano music, Au milieu de mes secrets, in which she performs her own compositions.
A presenter for several years on Radio-Canada’s Chaîne culturelle (Radio-Concerts, Résonances, Jeunes Artistes, Musiques de nuit), she was also a television commentator for Radio-Canada’s program Faites vos gammes as well as the host of the Jeunesses musicales du Canada’s concert series Sons et brioches.
Monique LeBlanc is very committed to pedagogical activities, teaching at l’École de musique Vincent d’Indy (college-level ear-training) as well as at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal where she teaches piano to voice, conducting, and composition students.