Since the age of 28, Jean-Michaël Lavoie enjoys an international career as a guest conductor and performed in more than 40 music capitals, among them Salzburg, Berlin, Vienna, Paris, Cologne, New York, Los Angeles, Prague, Milan, Venice.
After his studies in Montreal, he is appointed Assistant Conductor to the Ensemble intercontemporain (2008-2010) and one of the Resident Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic as part of the Dudamel Conducting Fellow program (2010). He deepens his musical training with Pierre Boulez (Ensemble intercontemporain, Lucerne Festival Academy) and Susanna Mälkki (Ensemble intercontemporain, Los Angeles Philharmonic) and Esa-Pekka Salonen (Orchestre de Paris).
Since 2010, he is guest conductor to the following orchestras : Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Orchestre philharmonique du Luxembourg, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre national de Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestra national de Lille, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, NFM Filharmonia Wroclawska, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony.
He made his opera debuts at Teatro alla Scala, Milan, co-conducting with Susanna Mälkki the world premiere of Luca Francesconi’s Quartett, at Opéra de Lyon and Opéra national de Bordeaux and is a regular guest to the specialized ensembles in contemporary music : Ensemble intercontemporain, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Modern, Musikfabrik, Ensemble Resonanz, Ensemble L’Itinéraire, Ensemble Multilatérale, Israel Contemporary Players.
Winner of the Prix Opus 2010 New Artist of the Year, he recorded two piano recitals for La chaîne culturelle de Radio-Canada’s program Les Jeunes Artistes. In 2017, he was appointed Professeur adjoint at Faculty of music of Université de Montréal. In July 2020, he is appointed Music Director Associate of Ensemble Ars Nova (France) for the next three years.
During the 2020-21 season, Jean-Michaël Lavoie makes his debut at the Wiener Staatsballett – Volksoper Wien and returns conducting the SMCQ Ensemble at the Maison Symphonique de Montréal for the 10th edition of the Montreal New Musics Festival.