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Jean-Sébastien Lacombe  (steel pan)
 
Jean-Sébastien "Jayess" Lacombe began his study of percussion as a steel pan player at age 12, under the masterful tutelage of Ashton Hughes and Carlyle John-Baptiste. His study of this National West-Indian instrument led him to Trinidad, where he twice competed in the prestigious Panorama Competition with one of the top steelbands in the country, the BWIA Invaders. He began his study of concert percussion in the year 2000 at the University of Ottawa, where he studied with Ken Simpson, Jonathan Wade, and Ian Bernard. He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Performance, and obtained a master's degree a few years later. He has received numerous awards for performance excellence; in 2004, he was awarded the NAC Orchestra Bursary, and won the University of Ottawa Concerto Competition in both 2004 and 2006. He was a member of the 2005 National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and a Tanglewood Fellow in 2006. He has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and many others. He joined the National Arts Centre Orchestra in 2006 as a regular extra. One year later, he would premiere the pan on the NAC stage as a soloist alongside world-renowned Evelyn Glennie. He retired from the orchestra in 2009 to pursue other interests. In 2015, he performed the Canadian Premiere of Jan Bach's "Concerto for Steel Pan and Orchestra" with the Timmins Symphony.   17 Aug 2016