The OSM appoints Kent Nagano Conductor Emeritus (February 2021)

The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) is pleased and proud to announce that today, Kent Nagano receives the honorary title of Conductor Emeritus of the Orchestra. Appointed by the Board of Directors, he becomes the third Music Director of the OSM to receive this recognition after Wilfrid Pelletier and Zubin Mehta.

It is with deep feeling and great pride that I welcome the decision by the OSM’s Board of Directors to appoint me Conductor Emeritus of this great Orchestra. I am deeply moved by this decision. I wish to thank Lucien Bouchard, Madeleine Careau, all other members of the Board of Directors, as well as all my brilliant OSM colleagues for this honour, which even further strengthens my attachment toward Montreal and the province of Quebec.” — KENT NAGANOREAD MORE

Stream: Kent Nagano conducts Arnold Schönberg’s “Pierrot lunaire” (January 2021)

Under the musical direction of Kent Nagano and animated by Luis August Krawen, Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire with the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg is available as a stream from the Hamburg State Opera on YouTube. Soloists are Anja Silja, Nicole Chevalier and Marie-Dominique Ryckmanns.

Concert stream with Kent Nagano, the Munich Philharmonic, Marie-Luise Modersohn and Julian Shevlin (January 2021)

Last June, Kent Nagano was conducting the Munich Philharmonic; Marie-Luise Modersohn and Julian Shevlin played as the orchestra’s own soloists. The video production of this concert program will be available free of charge from January 16 (7 p.m.) to January 23 (7 p.m.) at


»O Mensch, bewein’ dein’ Sünde groß« BWV 622
Concerto for oboe, violin, strings and basso continuo in D minor BWV 1060
Music for string instruments, percussion and celesta

Kent Nagano, Conductor
Marie-Luise Modersohn, Oboe
Julian Shevlin, Violin

Kent Nagano with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale RAI in Turin (January 2021)

On January 14, Kent Nagano will give a guest performance with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale RAI in Turin. More information about the program featuring works by Bartok and Brahms and the livestream can be found here.

The concert will be available as a livestream here on January 14 at 20:30 CET. After that, the concert will still be available here.

Documentary “La seize saisons” with Kent Nagano on Radio Canada (December 2020)

On December 30, the documentary “La seize saisons” will air on Radio Canada. The production, which traces Kent Nagano’s final year as Music Director of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM), offers audiences an opportunity to celebrate his 16 seasons as Music Director of the institution.

Please find more information here.

Christmas concert with Kent Nagano at St. Michaelis in Hamburg (December 2020)

With works by Bach, Fauré, Bruckner and Stefan Schäfer, General Music Director Kent Nagano and the Philharmonic State Orchestra can be enjoyed via livestream on December 26, 2020. The special concert with soprano Dorothea Röschmann from the Hauptkirche St. Michaelis is available free of charge online via the website of the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester and on the orchestra’s YouTube channel.

Christmas concert St. Michaelis
Sa, 26 Dezember 2020, Curch St. Michaelis, 20.15 Uhr
Stefan Schäfer: “Yamaga” for violin solo and strings (world premiere)
Johann Sebastian Bach: “Laudamus te” from Mass in B minor BWV 232
Anton Bruckner: Quintet in F major (arranged for string orchestra by Hans Stadlmair)
Gabriel Fauré: “Pie Jesu” from Requiem op. 48

Kent Nagano
Dorothea Röschmann, Soprano
Konradin Seitzer, Violin
Philharmonic State Orchestra

Kent Nagano with recording in Canada’s top 20 classical albums of 2020 (December 2020)

The album Ginastera – Bernstein – Moussa: Works for Violin and Orchestra which was released by ANALEKTA in November 2020 was named one of Canada’s top 20 classical albums of 2020 by CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Centre).

The recording with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, under the direction of Kent Nagano and with Andrew Wan, concertmaster of the OSM was recorded in concert at the Maison symphonique de Montréal in 2019 and brings together important works by Gianstera, Bernstein and Moussa.

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Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” conducted by Kent Nagano published as an audiobook (November 2020)

In connection to the World Children’s day, PENTATONE is delighted to announce the release of its most important classical music children’s album as audiobooks.

Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf

Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, in which a young boy catches a wolf and brings him to the zoo, is arguably the most famous children’s story with classical music. Once designed to introduce young audiences to the workings of an orchestra and its instruments, it showcases the composer’s superb ability to bring a simple story to life, giving each character a recognizable motive and instrumental colour. This Grammy-winning recording was made in 2003, as a charitable work for orphanages, performed by the Russian National Orchestra under the baton of Kent Nagano. We are now releasing the English and Spanish versions as audiobooks narrated respectively by star actors Sophia Loren and Antonio Banderas.READ MORE

Kent Nagano in Hamburg – current livestreams (November 2020)

On November 5, 6 and 7, 2020, at 8 p.m., concerts will take place in Hamburg with Kent Nagano and the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg, without an audience due to the current pandemic. These concerts will be streamed live via the orchestra’s website and YouTube. The first performance will include the clarinet concerto “Adrift” by Matthew Ricketts with Philharmonic clarinettist Rupert Wachter as soloist and under the direction of Kent Nagano.

Further information about the programs and the possibility to attend the concert live can be found here.