French-Canadian by birth, Jean-Pascal Vachon completed a degree in translation at Québec’s Université Laval and obtained his BA and MA in musicology at the Université de Montréal.
In Canada, Jean-Pascal has contributed to the latest edition of the Encyclopedia of music in Canada. He worked as a jazz critic for Montreal weekly cultural paper Voir and as a researcher/writer for Radio-Canada’s classical music network.
Since settling in Vienna in 1993, Jean-Pascal has taught various courses on music for several institutions, such as Webster University in Vienna (since 2006), Webster University in Saint Louis, South-West Minnesota University and Donau Universität in Krems. Topics have included Music & Politics, Music & Media, Film Music, 20th century music, History of jazz, and History of rock music.
In addition to non-university lecturing on music-related topics in Vienna, Saint Louis and Ottawa, Jean-Pascal has also worked in communications and arts & culture administration in the private and public sector. Finally, Jean-Pascal has written extensively on music, including program notes for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra as well as writing and translating liner notes for the Swedish-based classical label BIS.
Jean-Pascal is an avid comic book reader, a bit of a film-buff and has traveled extensively around the world.
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