Kent Nagano and the OSM on tour in Kracow and at the Salzburg Festival (July 2018)

Kent Nagano and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal are currently in Europe and will give concerts in Kracow and at the Salzburg Festival, presenting Krzysztof Penderecki’s St. Luke Passion on the occasion of the composer’s 85. birthday anniversary.  The concert in Kracow is on 18 July.

The concert in Salzburg on 20 July will be the festival opening within the Ouverture spirituelle. The OSM will celebrate its festival debut with this concert.

Find here information on the tour on the webpages of OSM.

Kent Nagano & OSM: New CD “A quiet Place” at Decca (May 2018)

The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) and Kent Nagano are proud to present the world premiere recording of the chamber version of Leonard Bernstein’s ‘A Quiet Place’, adapted by Garth Edwin Sunderland. It will be released on 22 June, ahead of the Bernstein centenary on 25th August 2018.

Premiered in 1983, Bernstein’s opera ‘A Quiet Place’ was the composer’s last work written for the stage and remains one of his lesser known large-scale compositions. The concert-version presented on the new album features a chamber orchestra and was recorded live at the Maison symphonique de Montréal  in May 2017.

Kent Nagano was introduced to Bernstein by Seiji Ozawa in 1984 and studied with him until his death in 1990. Nagano says, “For Bernstein music was life – the two were synonymous, inseparable. He never stopped exploring and pushing his own compositional language. The goal in this particular adaptation is to allow the spirited brilliance and poetic depth of the work to shine through – including dance rhythms and elements of American folklore. Our hope is that the timeless and universal quality of the piece and the genius of the composition are laid bare in this new recording.”


The OSM and Kent Nagano reveal season 2018/19 (March 2018)

The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Kent Nagano unveiled the programming for season 2018/19, marking the OSM’s 85. season. At a glance, the season will offer more than 100 concerts, 60 or so programs, 112 artists and 2 tours.

“The OSM’s 85th season is a reflection of the strong Montreal tradition, a musical tradition which has always had a core. This is to say that in our tradition, a symphony is a picture or a metaphor for human life and human experiences. It is a gigantic palette of styles with special connections to the folklore of many countries and regions within. A symphony is “diversity in unity” and it is exactly that which makes up our special social life in both small and large scale. We invite you all to celebrate with us this rich musical tradition.”  – states Music Director Kent Nagano.

The first tour in September 2018 will lead the OSM and Kent Nagano to Nunavik, the Far North of Quebec to visit six villages in three nations: Inuit, Innu and Cree. The opera Chaakapesh, The Trickster’s Quest by Tomson Highway and Matthew Ricketts was commissioned for the occasion. The idea of this tour is to share the OSM’s classical music with all the peoples of Quebec and is intended as a meeting point between the different cultures by way of rich and respectful interaction through music. Thus the project will consist of a musical journey from North to South, from Nunavik to the Côte-Nord, by way of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and northern Quebec.

A twelfth European tour is on the agenda for March 2019 (11 – 23 March 2019), when the Orchestra will be visiting some of the most highly esteemed concert halls of the great capitals of Europe: Dusseldorf (Tonhalle), Hamburg (Elbphilharmonie), Essen (Philharmonie), Vienna (Konzerthaus), Paris (Philharmonie), Brusells (Palais des Beaux-Arts), Munich (Philharmonie Im Gasteig), Regensburg (University Audimax) and Berlin, at the prestigious Philharmonie. Soloists will be pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Rafał Blechacz as well as Alto Marie-Nicole Lemieux.

In Montréal, Kent Nagano will stand at the rostrum of the orchestra with Bach’s Mass in b minor (4, 5 Dec 2018) and a Brahms Symphony cycle (7 – 10 Feb 2019), among others. Guests of the new OSM season will be violinists Anne-Sophie Mutter and Julian Rachlin, pianists Leif Ove Andsnes, Evgeny Kissin and Daniil Trifonov and the conductors Christoph Eschenbach and François-Xavier Roth, and many more.

Find here the OSM’s program for season 2018/19. And click here for the video trailer of the new season.

Sound experiment with Kent Nagano & the OSM (February 2018)

On Friday, 16 February the OSM and Kent Nagano will present a musical experiment: With the orchestra hidden behind a curtain and the hall plunged into darkness, the audience will be left with only music to whisk it back to the 1960s, with, among others, the premiere of a work for electric guitar and orchestra by John Anthony Lennon.


Find here more information.

The Montréal Gazette announced this concert here.

OSM: A search committee for the future Music Director has been set up (September 2017)

MONTRÉAL, September 26, 2017 – Three months after revealing the end of Kent Nagano’s mandate as music director of the OSM in 2020, the Orchestra announces that the process enabling it to find a future music director is under way and that a prestigious search committee has been formed, which met for the first time last week.

The search committee will make its recommendations to the Orchestra’s executive committee. No deadline has been set for determining the choice of the next music director.

The committee will be chaired by Suzanne Fortier, principal and vice-chancellor of McGill University, and have as its senior advisor Zarin Mehta, a great executive who served as managing director of the OSM from 1981 to 1990, then as executive director of the Ravinia Festival (1990-2000) and of the New York Philharmonic until 2012. The seasoned players making up the committee hail from the music scene both local and international (Europe and the U.S.). They are Laurent Bayle, executive director, Cité de la musique-Philharmonie (Paris); Madeleine Careau, chief executive officer of the OSM; Pierre Goulet, former president of Jeunesses Musicales Internationales, current chairman of the board of the Festival d’Opéra de Québec and member of the OSM board of directors; Ara Guzelimian, dean and provost of the Julliard School (New York); Richard Lupien, president of the Jeunesses Musicales Canada Foundation and president of Pro Musica; Alexander Neef, general director of the Canadian Opera Company (Toronto); Isabelle Panneton, dean, Faculty of Music, Université de Montréal; Nancy Rosenfeld, president of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation and member of the OSM board; Andrew Wan, OSM concertmaster, along with two musicians of the Orchestra appointed by the musicians’ committee: Ali Yazdanfar, principal double bass, and Todd Cope, principal clarinet. Their recommendations will be made with an eye to the future, but bearing in mind the importance of continuity.

The excellence and vision of the OSM have been shaped over the years by its eight music directors: Wilfrid Pelletier, a Montrealer by birth and the Orchestra’s first artistic director; Désiré Defauw, Igor Markevitch, Zubin Mehta, under whose direction the Orchestra gave its first concerts in Europe; Franz-Paul Decker, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Charles Dutoit, whose collaboration with the Orchestra lasted close to 25 years; and, since 2006, Kent Nagano, who played a significant role in the building and inauguration of the new concert hall in 2011 and whose engagement and innovative ideas have helped make music more accessible. The future music director will build on the achievements of his or her predecessors, who have contributed to a democratization of the face of music and to making Montréal, each in his own way, an incontestable cultural metropolis.