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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 »

DO YOU KNOW RAFAEL PAYARE?

“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 »

OSM IN NORTHERN TOUR OF QUEBEC AND NUNAVIK

From September 9 to 19, 2018, Maestro Kent Nagano and musicians of the OSM trace a path from the arctic down through Quebec’s interior toward the Côte-Nord. Beginning with performances in the Inuit villages of Kuujjuaq, Salluit and Kuujjuarapik, they travel southward for concerts in the Cree community of Oujé-Bougoumou and the Innu communities of Mashteuiatsh and Uashat mak Mani-Utenam. TOUR DATES Kuujjuaq... Read more »

OPENING CONCERT – MESSAGE FROM MUSIC DIRECTOR

This year we mark the milestone of the OSM’s 85th season, an anniversary we deeply look forward to celebrating with you, our public. Just like the exquisite nature of Quebec that surrounds us, each season we share in moments of extraordinary beauty and discovery, which in turn propel moments of personal and societal growth. Over... Read more »

String Quartet 101

This year, the Fine Arts Quartet will be performing at the Classical Spree. This presents an excellent opportunity to examine the string quartet, a subtle musical form that is still alive and well two centuries after its birth.   What is a string quartet? Comprising two violins, a viola, and a cello, the string quartet... Read more »

Patricia Kopatchinskaja: Unique to her Genre

In less than three weeks, Montréal audiences at the Classical Spree will have the opportunity to discover the incredible Moldavian violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja: an audacious and absolutely unique classical artist.   Patricia Kopatchinskaja distinguishes herself from other violinists by her originality, her nonconformist approach, her strong personality, and her bold musical offerings. Some people would... Read more »

Tour review: The OSM sparkles in Krakow and Salzburg

It’s time to take stock as the musicians of the OSM and their conductor make their way home after playing in Krakow, Poland, and opening the prestigious Salzburg Festival in Austria. On July 20, Kent Nagano and the OSM opened the 98th edition of the Salzburg Festival to a full house of 1400 spectators. It... Read more »

The OSM in Krakow: excitement in the hometown of Penderecki

Musicians of the OSM arrived in Poland on Monday night. A few hours before the concert at the ICE Krakow Congress Centre, we had a chat with Andrew Wan, concertmaster of the orchestra.   What have you done since your arrival in Krakow? “It is my first time in Poland. Krakow is an interesting, beautiful... Read more »