Jean-Claude Picard is widely regarded as a communicative and engaging conductor.
Building a strong reputation as a collaborative and dedicated artist, his performances are known to be elegant, dynamic and carefully crafted, gaining appreciation and interest from both experienced and new audiences, and as a result he returns regularly to many of the orchestras he has conducted so far, both in Europe and in North America.
In his native Canada he conducts orchestras such as the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Québec, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières, Victoria Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia, as well as Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and I Musici. Jean-Claude was also recently announced as the new Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières, a post he will take up from the 2019/20 season, succeeding Jacques Lacombe.
Over the last few years, Jean-Claude has formed a close relationship with Scottish Ballet, who recently appointed him Chief Conductor, succeeding Richard Honner. Previously, the company saw great success and critical acclaim touring a Stravinsky double bill featuring Hampson’s Le Sacre du printemps and MacMillan’s Le Baiser de la fée with Jean-Claude as conductor.
In Europe, Jean-Claude has enjoyed successful return visits to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra where he served as Associate Conductor, Manchester Camerata, a critically acclaimed debut with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra, Geneva Chamber Orchestra, Porto Symphony Orchestra Casa da Música, Leipzig Symphony and the Pärnu City Orchestra.