Category: News


Espace OSM Montreal, January 17, 2019 ● The brand new Espace OSM was launched today in the presence of numerous guests, donors and subscribers, including Mr. Lucien Bouchard, Chair of the OSM’s Board of Directors. Adjoining the Maison symphonique, this new space aligns with the OSM’s ongoing outreach, educational, and socio-recreational mission, marking its 85th anniversary in a... Read more »

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B minor

Johann Sebastian Bach’s monumental Mass in B minor, completed in the last years of his life, exceeds in scope and surpasses in musical quality all that had been written until then in terms of sacred musical genres. This peerless masterpiece is also shrouded in mystery, as Bach-Archiv director Christoph Wolff remarked in relation to the... Read more »

Four questions for Fred Pellerin

Fred Pellerin is back at the Maison symphonique in December for another one of his fabulous tales. At Les jours de la semelle, under the direction of Kent Nagano, magic awaits! In four questions, the OSM's favourite storyteller paints a picture of years of collaboration with the OSM.   This is your fourth Christmas concert... Read more »

To know more about Alain Altinoglu

Music before words Alain Altinoglu is a French conductor of Armenian descent. Born into a family of musicians, he learned notes before he learned letters, and Armenian before French. At a young age, he received an introduction to the piano from his mother, who among other things, could boast of having been the first person... Read more »

Music according to David Afkham

What does one conductor learn from another? Thirty-five. The age a hockey player thinks about retirement. Also the age of the youngest guest conductor who will be appearing with the OSM this fall. But David Afkham will be bringing with him the advice, support and experience of a number of leading conductors, including Valeri Guerguiev... Read more »

François-Xavier Roth, master of his art

Music: an accessible art for everyone Conductor François-Xavier Roth is a master of his art, in both the way he practices it and the ease with which he places it in context. He knows where he’s going, knows how to get there and eloquently communicates his passion along the way. He sees music as a... Read more »

Juraj Valčuha returns to the OSM

The first question that usually pops up about this name is how to pronounce it. In English, “č” is “ch,” so we would say: Yoorai Valchooah. While only in his early forties, this fast-rising conductor who hails from Bratislava, Slovakia can already boast of having conducted some of the world’s greatest orchestras. A larger-than-life symphony... Read more »

Christoph Eschenbach: A conductor with an extraordinary career path

Copyright Manu Theobald Marked for life by war Christoph Eschenbach was born as the Second World War was raging, in 1940, Breslau (Germany), now Wrocław (Poland). His mother died at birth and his father died during the war, after being sent to the front. Young Eschenbach was placed in a camp of 60 refugees. Living in atrocious conditions,... Read more »

Discover conductor James Feddeck

An impassioned multi-instrumentalist As a young child, New York conductor and rising star James Feddeck always believed that music would be an integral part of his life. More uncertain, however, was how he would take possession of this art. At the age of eight, he began to play the organ in a church, then went... Read more »


“He is a prodigious artist, who combines the gift of rare sound perfection with a deep, delicate, intense and quivering sensitivity.” - Le Monde French horn debut Rafael Payare was born in Venezuela in 1980 and started learning music at the age of 14. He set his sights not on the piano or the violin...... Read more »