Born in 1978, Jérôme Ducharme started his musical studies at the Cultural Centre of Joliette in 1990, studying from 1994 with Jean Vallières at the Montréal Conservatoire, where he won high distinction. From the autumn of 2003 until the summer of 2004 he studied in Switzerland with Oscar Ghiglia and Stephan Schmidt. He also played in master-classes for numerous guitarists, incuding Manuel Barrueco, Roberto Aussel, Hubert Käppel, Rémi Boucher, Pepe Romero, Roland Dyens, Odair Assad and Stephen Robinson. Many of these master-classes took place in the Domaine Forget, where he studied during summers from 1994 to 1998 and in 2005. He has participated in many competitions, including the Festival-Concours de Lanaudière, in which he won first prize in 2000. In 2004 he won third prize in the Guitar Foundation of America International Competition, taking first prize the following year. In 2004 he won the third prize and the audience prize in the international guitar competition of Guitare-Antony in France. He also won first prize in the international guitar competition Guitare-Lachine held in Montréal in 2003. Jérôme Ducharme played in the inaugural concert of the Montreal Guitar Society and has performed many times for SRC-CBC radio. In 2005 he played with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra for Donizetti's Don Pasquale. He plays a 2005 guitar by René Wilhelmy.