Since the age of 28, Jean-Michaël Lavoie enjoys an international career as a conductor. After his studies at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, he was appointed assistant conductor to the Ensemble intercontemporain in Paris (2008–2010) and one of the resident conductors of the Los Angeles Philharmonic (2010). He deepened his musical training in Europe and United States with Pierre Boulez (Lucerne Festival Academy), Susanna Mälkki (Ensemble intercontemporain, Los Angeles Philharmonic) and Esa-Pekka Salonen (Orchestre de Paris). For more than ten years, Jean-Michaël Lavoie as a guest conducts important orchestras in Europe, among them the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre national de Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, NFM Filharmonia Wroclawska. He made his opera debuts at Teatro alla Scala, Milan (2011), co-conducting the world premiere of Luca Francesconi’s »Quartett«, at Opéra de Lyon (2013) and Opéra national de Bordeaux (2014). At the Deutsche Oper am Rhein he conducted two major ballet productions (2017 and 2018). Furthermore, he is a regular guest to the specialized ensembles in contemporary music: Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Modern, Musikfabrik, Ensemble Resonanz et l’Ensemble de la Société de musique contemporaine du Québec. Winner of the Prix Opus 2020 New Artist of the Year, he recorded two piano recitals for La chaîne culturelle de Radio-Canada’s program »Les Jeunes Artistes«.
In January 2017, Jean-Michaël Lavoie succeeded Lorraine Vaillancourt at the Faculty of Music of Université de Montréal, where he teaches contemporary music and conducts concerts with the Ensemble de musique contemporaine de l’Université de Montréal.
In the 2022/23 season with the Vienna State Ballet’s premiere of »Promethean Fire« he makes his debut at the Volksoper Wien and will return conducting the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, among others.