After graduating with highest honors from the Montreal Conservatory of Music in 2004 in Jean Vallières’ class, Jonathan Barriault undertook a masters degree that same year at Laval University in Alvaro Pierri’s class, which he completed in 2006.
For the past few years, contemporary music has been an intergral part of his artistic activities.
From 2007-2010, he was a member of the montreal based contemporary music ensemble Kore with whom he premiered many contemporary works, both on classical and electric guitars. Member of the newly formed plucked strings ensemble Punctum, he participated in its inaugural concert in february 2012 – a concert which featured microtonal guitar works. He is also the guitarist of Ensemble 1534 a pan-canadian ensemble based in the nations capital with which he recently performed Boulez’s Le marteau sans maître. Having recently developed a taste for music that is played loud, he is also the co-founder and lead guitarist of Caverns, a psychedelic punk quartet with whom he performs regularly.
Jonathan is the recipient of such prizes as The Conervatory’s concerto competition, The Drummondville guitar competition, The CBC Radio-Canada prize for young musicians and the Montreal International Guitar Competition where he was a finalist.