Follow Kent Nagano and the OSM in Asia! The OSM lead, throughout its history, some forty excursions and tours. Follow this new adventure day by day in company of OSM`s musical director, soloists, our musicians and members of the administrative staff. Backstage interviews, testimonies, highlights of the cities and venues visited and much more… not to be missed!

Thank you all for participating in such large numbers in the contest “attend an OSM private concert before their departure on the Asian tour.” !

Winners will be contacted via email.

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You would like to hear some of the works performed by your Orchestra in China and Japan?

Answer to the following question and you could win one of the 25 pairs of tickets to attend a private concert of the Orchestra on September 28 at 2:30 p.m. at the Maison symphonique de Montréal.

Which country will the OSM visit for the first time during the 2014 Asian tour?

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The new recording by Kent Nagano, the OSM and the Choeur des enfants de Montréal, starring German soprano Diana Damrau is now available now under Analekta.

Shoka are Japanese songs for children, which Kent Nagano heard for the first time when his daughter, Karin Kei, was three years old. The discovery of these intensely moving songs lit the flame for an ambitious project in Kent Nagano: despite being three generations removed from the land of his ancestors, he undertook to reach back to the sources of these childhood melodies in an effort to make them known to a broad audience.

Get your copie of Shoka today! Visit for further information.


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In 1970, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal visited Asia for the first time in its history. This visit is organized as part of the Osaka Universal Exhibition. The OSM presented 3 concerts during the exhibition under the direction of Franz-Paul Decker, music director of the Orchestra from 1967 to 1975.

15 years later, in 1985, the OSM makes its first Asian tour (Japan and Hong Kong). This tour is launched after the success of the OSM recordings with music director, Charles Dutoit under the DECCA label. This first tour is a direct response to the craze of the Asian public for the Orchestra, its conductor and its mostly French repertoire. The Orchestra will also know tremendous success during the tour thanks to the 6 concerts given at the Hong Kong Festival.

As well as being a great consumer of classical music, the Japanese public is also very loyal. It was then completely natural for Charles Dutoit and the Orchestra to maintain this relationship and return to Asia many times, in 1989, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1999.

Following a 9 year pause, the Orchestra returned to Asia in 2008 with Kent Nagano. This is the transition in the tradition: the public will hear the Orchestra perform the French repertoire, but also many German works.

This fall, the OSM will return to Japan and will perform in China for the first time in its history. Even if the Orchestra already performed in Hong Kong, the last time being in March 2007, the territory still belonged to the British at the time.