Colombe Pelletier. Pianist, accompanist, coach, b Montreal 12 May 1923; B MUS (Montreal) 1940, BA (Montreal) 1942, L MUS (École normale, Paris) 1952. A pupil of Antonio Létourneau (piano) and Eugène Lapierre (theory) at the University of Montreal, she received scholarships from the governments of France in 1947 and Quebec 1949-52 and 1955 and studied in Paris at the École normale with Jules Gentil and Alfred Cortot. She toured Canada 1952-3 for the JMC (YMC), giving 35 concerts with Marthe Létourneau and Jean-Paul Jeannotte. During the summer of 1956 she studied Lieder interpretation with Ernst Reichart at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
Pelletier has accompanied many Canadian and foreign artists on JMC recital tours: Ginette Martenot and Eugene Kash 1958-9; Gaston Germain 1965-6; Guy Fallot 1968-9; the violinist Andrzej Grabiec, the singers Bruno Laplante and Anna Chornodolska, the oboist Bernard Jean, and the violinist Adele Armin 1972-3. With JMC she has also played for such vocal productions as Vallerand'sLe Magicien and Debussy's L'Enfant prodigue in 1961-2, Hazon's L'Amante Cubista in 1967-8, and Rossini's The Barber of Seville in 1976-7.
Concurrently Pelletier accompanied such Canadian artists as Colette Boky, Claire Gagnier, Joseph Rouleau, Robert Savoie, André Turp, and Richard Verreau in concert, on radio and TV, and on tours abroad. She was the official accompanist 1962-7 for the JMC National Competition and an examiner in 1963 for the École normale de musique in Paris.
Pelletier was a coach 1962-73 at the JMC Orford Art Centre and has served in that capacity for the CBC, the Montreal Festivals, the Opera Guild of Montreal, and the Théâtre du Nouveau-Monde. She has recorded Jeannotte's Propos intimes with Turp.