Canadian conductor Jean-Claude Picard is widely regarded as a communicative and engaging musician by fellow artists, critics and audiences alike. 2021-22 marks his third season as chief conductor positions as Chief Conductor of the Scottish Ballet. He is also principal guest conductor of the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières in Québec, where he held the position of Artistic Director from 2019 to 2021.
Jean-Claude started his conducting career through his first position as Assistant Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, followed by a promotion to associate conductor. Recent and upcoming highlights include return visits to the Toronto Symphony, Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Victoria Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, as well as debuts with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, City of Birmingham Symphony, Montréal Bach Festival Orchestra, the Luxembourg and Geneva Chamber Orchestras, I Musici, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and a highly acclaimed debut at the Edinburgh International Festival with Scottish Ballet.