Montréal (Québec), 1959
Performer (piano)

Over the course of an exceptional career that has spanned almost forty years, Louise Bessette has distinguished herself through her outstanding international performances. Critics have raved about her playing, and a number of composers write especially for her. She has recorded diverse repertoires, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. In 2016, Louise Bessette received an honorary Doctor of Music, honoris causa, from the University of Western Ontario, in recognition of her renowned international career. In 2019, she received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in Classical Music, Canada’s highest honour in the performing arts. The recipient of a ninth Opus Award in 2018, she was also named one of Canada’s Top 25 Classical Pianists by CBC Music in 2015. Other notable achievements include First Prize at the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition (1981), First Prize at the Concours International de Musique Contemporaine (Saint-Germain-en-Laye, 1986), First Prize at the International Gaudeamus Competition (Rotterdam, 1989), the Prix Québec-Flandre (1991), Member of the Order of Canada (2001), Officer of the Ordre national du Québec (2005) and Ambassador for the Canadian Music Centre (2009). Louise Bessette has taught piano at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal since 1996.