Mehdi Ghazi

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Mehdi Ghazi, piano

Mehdi Ghazi was described as a “sensitive pianist” (Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times) and “a great pianist” with a power of “communicating emotions comparable to that of Wilhelm Kempff” (Claude Gingras, La presse, Montreal).
Ghazi is a laureate of the 2020 Campillos International Piano Competition and Medalist of the 2014 Hilton Head International Piano Competition. He was awarded the second prize and the “Audience Award” at the 2018 Orford Music Award. In 2015, Ghazi was selected as one of “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30” by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Ghazi has performed in several venues around the world such as UNESCO’s Great Hall in Paris at age 12. He also worked and collaborated with renowned conductors Daniel Barenboim, Yoav Talmi, John Morris Russell, Pavel Baleff and Raffi Armenian. He performed with celebrated musicians such as pianist Conrad Tao, violinist Valeryi Sokolov, cellist Aleksey Shadrin, singer Julie Nasrallah and the Montreal based wind ensemble Pentaèdre. In 2010, he was selected by The Glenn Gould Foundation to perform before the Governor General of Canada as part of a tribute to the late Glenn Gould.
After moving from Algeria to Canada in 2006, he was awarded several prizes and awards: The 2014 Sylva Gelber Award, First Prize at the “Festival de musique classique du Bas-Richelieu”, and First Prize at the Canadian Musical Competition, as well as school chamber and concerto competitions and special scholarships. He is often featured on radios, televisions and newspapers: CBC (2011), Classical 96.3 (2012), The Globe and Mail (2011), Algerian Radio and Television (2006) among others.
Ghazi graduated with the highest distinctions from the Montreal Conservatory and the Glenn Gould School where he studied with pianists John Perry, André Laplante, Marc Durand and Jean Saulnier while taking master classes with internationally acclaimed artists such as: Daniel Barenboim, Leon Fleisher, Emanuel Ax, Menahem Pressler, Dang Thai Son, Michel Beroff, Jean-phillippe Collard, Robert McDonald and John O’Conor.
Ghazi holds an Algerian Science Baccalaureate and recently completed a Doctorate degree in piano performance at the University of Montreal under the tutelage of Jean Saulnier.

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