THE ORCHESTRA

THE ORCHESTRA

KENT NAGANO—MUSIC DIRECTOR

A conductor of vision, devoted to serving the community, Kent Nagano has contributed to broadening the OSM’s repertoire and to the orchestra’s unprecedented global influence…

THE MUSICIANS

A veritable family in the service of music, the 94 musicians of the OSM combine individuality with an uncommon collective purpose…

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…

THOMAS LE DUC-MOREAU

ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR

Trained as a cellist, he is also Artistic Director of the ensemble Volte. Thomas Le Duc-Moreau has become, at 24, the youngest Assistant Conductor in the OSM’s history…

ANDREW MEGILL

CHORUS MASTER

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…

SIMON LECLERC

ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR OF THE OSM POP SERIES

An in-demand arranger and orchestrator who doubles as a conductor and composer, Simon Leclerc oversees symphonic pop music for the OSM…

 

VENUES AND INSTRUMENTS

MAISON SYMPHONIQUE

A true gem of acoustics and architectural design, the Maison symphonique opened its doors in 2011. It has a capacity of 2,000 seats…

OCTOBASSES

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…

ESPACE OSM

Open to the public in January 2019, Espace OSM provides visitors with a space in which they can soak up some of the Orchestra’s history through visual and sound experiences…

 

HISTOIRE DE L'OSM

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…

 

EMERITUS FIGURES

WILFRID PELLETIER

The OSM’s very first Music Director in 1934, Wilfrid Pelletier built the Orchestra as a model of openness and accessibility.

PIERRE BÉIQUE

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.

ZUBIN MEHTA

Under Zubin Mehta, the OSM embarked on its first tour of Europe in 1962, included opera in its repertoire and established the OSM Competition.

OLIVIER LATRY

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.

 

ON TOUR

Since 1960, the OSM has completed 50 international tours, presenting close to 400 different concert programmes including 45 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.

Nunavik et nord du Québec

Salzbourg et Cracovie 2018

 

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…