A veritable family in the service of music, the 94 musicians of the OSM combine individuality with an uncommon collective purpose…
Internationally renowned conductor Rafael Payare will take on the role of Music Director of the OSM. Mr. Payare will become the 9th Music Director in the history of the Orchestra.
THE OSM CHORUS
A professional ensemble founded in the 1980s, the OSM Chorus, currently directed by Andrew Megill, performs the greatest works of the repertoire…
Andrew Megill is acclaimed as one of the best choral conductors of his generation. He commands an exceptionally vast and diverse repertoire ranging from early to contemporary music…
VENUES AND INSTRUMENTS
A true gem of acoustics and architectural design, the Maison symphonique opened its doors in 2011. It has a capacity of 2,000 seats…
The octobass prototype was built by a certain Mr. Dubois in 1834, before the luthier Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume (1798–1875) improved upon it in 1849…
GRAND ORGUE PIERRE-BÉIQUE
Built by the firm of Casavant Frères and owned by the OSM, the Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique, a gift of Jacqueline Desmarais, is a colossal 6,489-pipe instrument…
The OSM’s excellence and vision have been fashioned over the years by its music directors: Montreal-born Wilfrid Pelletier, first Artistic Director; Zubin Mehta, with whom the OSM gave its first concerts in Europe; Charles Dutoit, whose collaboration with the Orchestra lasted close to 25 years; and, since September 2006, Ken Nagano, who inaugurated the Maison symphonique…
A trained musician, Antonia Nantel devoted much of her life to developing Montreal’s music community, playing a key role in establishing the OSM and the Festivals de Montréal.
A gifted musician, internationally renowned conductor and eminent educator, throughout his life Wilfrid Pelletier was an advocate for the art of music. Among other institutions, he founded the OSM and the Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique du Québec.
A lawyer, politician, and champion of the arts, Athanase David supported the founding of many leading institutions, including the OSM, the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec, and the Archives nationales du Québec.
The title “Emeritus” is an honour conferred by the OSM’s Board of Directors on individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the Orchestra and deeply impacted its history.
The OSM’s very first Music Director in 1934, Wilfrid Pelletier built the Orchestra as a model of openness and accessibility.
The OSM’s Director General between 1939 and 1970, Pierre Béique was a peerless ambassador and supporter of the Orchestra’s international fame and recognition.
Under Zubin Mehta, the OSM embarked on its first tour of Europe in 1962, included opera in its repertoire and established the OSM Competition.
An exceptional performer and Organist of the Great Organ of Notre-Dame de Paris, Olivier Latry supervised the design and layout of the Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique.
Music Director from 2006 to 2020, Kent Nagano established and strengthened the OSM’s community roots and modernized the Orchestra, notably inaugurating the Maison symphonique and the Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique.
Since 1960, the OSM has completed 50 international tours, presenting close to 400 different concert programmes including 44 in Carnegie Hall. Flanked by internationally known soloists, the Orchestra has performed in the most prestigious concert venues in Europe, Japan, the USA and Latin America.
THE OSM AND NEW WORKS
From its very foundation, the OSM has supported creation in Canada and Quebec. The Orchestra performs and commissions works by the country’s own composers, also programming contemporary pieces from the international repertoire…