A native of Montreal (Canada), it was at the age of 12 that Sylvain Picard discovered the tuba under the direction of Raymond Grignet at Joseph François Perrault high school with a focus on music. He studied with Ellis Wean at McGill University and Alain Cazes at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, where in 1992 he won 1st prize in tuba and chamber music. In September 1992, he joined Melvin Culbertson’s class at the CNSMD de Lyon and in June 1996 obtained 1st prize for tuba. Sylvain Picard has been solo tuba at the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse since January 2001 and tuba teacher at the CRR de Toulouse since September of the same year. A specialist in double bass tuba, his work on the use of air, sound quality and imagination bears fruit in regular classes in Toulouse as well as in international master classes. He performs as a soloist and chamber musician in France and Canada.
Sylvain Picard is part of the “Preparation for a profession in orchestra” department.