Category: News

Xian Zhang, an inspired and inspiring conductor

She enthrals audiences, her concerts are met with rave reviews, and she conducts the most prestigious orchestras. The internationally renowned Chinese-American conductor Xian Zhang will make her conducting debut with the OSM on February 9, 2020. Hear her in a program devoted to two works composed on American soil: Dvořák’s “From the New World” Symphony... Read more »


The OSM devotes a festival to iconic Viennese composer Franz Schubert. Hear this masterful melodist’s emblematic Die schöne Müllerin and Winterreise. Discover his many facets with Kent Nagano conducting the complete symphonies. The Schubert festival also features works by Mozart, Rossini, and Johann Strauss II. A roster of great artists will transport you to classical... Read more »

Marie-Nicole Lemieux

Contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux has been dazzling audiences in some of the most prestigious halls in the world for many years already. She will be performing at the Maison symphonique from December 17 to 19, as part of the Great Voices of Quebec Sing Christmas concert. Marie-Nicole Lemieux was born in Dolbeau-Mistassini, Quebec, in 1975, into... Read more »

Lorenzo Viotti: An Art Combining Vigour and Chiaroscuro

At less than 30 years of age, Swiss conductor Lorenzo Viotti already leads the most prestigious orchestras in the world. Athletic, curious, elegant, he makes an impression wherever he goes. From December 11 to 15, 2019, the OSM will have the opportunity to work with this young and dynamic conductor who stops at nothing to... Read more »

Karen Gomyo, from Mozart to Nuevo Tango

MUSICAL TRAJECTORIES: OUTSTANDING WOMEN Tokyo-born Karen Gomyo spent part of her childhood in Montreal. It was there that she began studying the violin and where she attended OSM concerts that provided her with her first meaningful musical experiences. She left Quebec at the age of 11 but is always glad to return to Montreal for... Read more »


Even conductors need to break with routine François-Xavier Roth loathes routine. When music falls into routine, it becomes stale. He builds his musical life around “projects” with a precise concept or objective. Thus, the underlying theme of the concert he conducts at the Maison symphonique next October 30 and 31, flanked by the French pianist... Read more »

Sir András Schiff: A Jewel-Maker of Sound

If András Schiff were a dynamic marking, he would undoubtedly be a pianissimo. Sensitivity, delicacy and boundless commitment to the soul of music are the hallmarks of his playing. On October 23 & 24, the OSM has the pleasure of welcoming this undisputed master of the traditional classical repertoire for the concert Sir András Schiff... Read more »

Kent Nagano and Mahler’s Fifth Symphony

Kent Nagano conducts Mahler’s Symphony no. 5, whose poignant opening funeral march’s rhythmic contours are a nod to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. To complete the programme: Ravel’s Introduction et Allegro, originally commissioned to showcase the sound capabilities of the harp, turns the spotlight on some of the OSM’s Principal Chairs.

Anne-Sophie Mutter: Violinist of passion

Musical Trajectories: Outstanding Women Anne-Sophie Mutter took her first violin lesson at the age of five and a half. Only nine months later, she won her first competition. “The first time I held the violin to my shoulder, it felt natural. I absolutely, passionately wanted to play the violin.” A child prodigy and an artist... Read more »

Babi Yar: A Symphony for the 21st Century

In the decade after Stalin’s death in 1953, Nikita Khrushchev instigated a period known as the “Khrushchev Thaw,” a rather short-lived break with socialist realism during which artists could flourish and more freely express themselves than under the previous regime. It was during this time that the poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko and the composer Dmitri Shostakovich... Read more »