Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal

  • Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal.

    Photo: Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal

  • Each year, the Orchestre Métropolitain performs some 50 concerts that fill with sound the Maison symphonique de Montréal.

    Photo: Antoine Saito

  • Performance by the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal at the Maison symphonique at Place Des Arts.

    Photo: Antoine Saito

  • Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, on November 29, 2017.

    Photo: François Goupil

  • Yannick Nézet-Séguin and cellist Stéphane Tétreault in Hamburg, on December 1, 2017.

    Photo: François Goupil

  • Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux in Hamburg, on December 1, 2017.

    Photo: François Goupil

BY THE NUMBERS

The Orchestra was founded in 1981
50 concerts are conducted by the Orchestra every year at the Maison symphonique de Montréal
Its first ever European tour started in 2017, with 2 programs performed, each including a work by a Québec composer
150 young people were reached in the 2017-2018 season through the orchestra’s Young Music Lovers of the Future program
The Orchestra received 17 Opus awards and 7 Felix awards
 

Internationally Respected and Beloved in its Home Town

The Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal was founded based on the belief that the best way to promote the music of the symphony was to make the symphony an integral part of the local community. Since its inception in 1981, the Orchestre Métropolitain has consistently proven the effectiveness of that formula to the delight and enjoyment of Montréal’s music lovers and those around the world.

The year 2000 proved to be a watershed moment for the Orchestre Métropolitain when it appointed a young and largely unknown Artistic Director and Principal Conductor. Swiftly becoming the face of the symphony, Yannick Nézet-Séguin developed strong relationships with his musicians, trained in Québec, and was instrumental in forging strong ties with the local Montréal community. 

Each year, the orchestra performs some 50 concerts in its home venue, the Maison symphonique de Montréal, in a joint effort with the Conseil des arts de Montréal. It also performs 20 concerts in a dozen of the city’s boroughs, attended by more than 10,000 persons, to ensure there is an appreciation of its musical contributions across the entire island. Furthermore, during the summer season, approximately 10 concerts are presented, several of which are performed outdoors free of charge.

Young Music Lovers of the Future

In 2008, the orchestra created the Young Music Lovers of the Future program which is targeted at youth of all ages in schools throughout Greater Montréal. The program includes a number of educational activities and special projects associated with the music discipline and is co-sponsored by two corporate partners. The orchestra also partners with a number of educational institutions in Montréal to develop specialized musical programs to motivate young people to explore their creative abilities. Approximately 11,000 Montréal area students at every level benefited from these educational activities and projects.

The orchestra has earned an international following through some 20 recordings highlighting the ensemble’s boldness and dedication to excellence. 

Augmenting this international reputation, the Orchestre Métropolitain embarked on its premiere European tour in late 2017 under the direction of its indefatigable conductor. The tour was hailed as an exceptional success and was awarded the Grand Prix of the Conseil des arts de Montréal in March 2018.

“The support of companies such as Power Corporation allows the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal to truly have an impact on the city’s daily life,” said Yannick Nézet-Séguin. “On a personal level, it was through the support and encouragement of the late Jacqueline Desmarais, the widow of Paul Desmarais, Sr., that I was given exceptional career opportunities. She was a lady who loved life, happiness and especially emotion. It was emotion she looked for in art.”

“We, at Power Corporation, are proud of our association with the Orchestre Métropolitain. We take delight in their artistic leadership and their vital contribution to the vibrancy of the musical scene in Montréal and beyond,” says Paul C. Genest, Senior Vice-President of Power Corporation.

We, at Power Corporation, are proud of our association with the Orchestre Métropolitain. We take delight in their artistic leadership and their vital contribution to the vibrancy of the musical scene in Montréal and beyond.
Paul C. Genest
Senior Vice-President
Power Corporation

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