Consisting of some 60 musicians, most of whom are graduates of Quebec conservatories and faculties of music, the Orchestre Métropolitain has adopted, from its founding in 1981, a distinctive approach that is rooted in its unshakeable determination to democratize and promote symphonic music. Since the appointment of Yannick Nézet-Séguin as its artistic director in 2000, the Orchestre’s reputation has steadily grown – in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and abroad.
In its programming, the Orchestre Métropolitain affirms its pride in being what it is: authentic, bold, dedicated, passionate. The Orchestre’s activities reflect its core values of accessibility and community involvement, of artistic innovation and creativity. The Orchestre stands apart through its desire to share its enthusiasm for symphonic music and make it available to all.
The Orchestre Métropolitain is both the quest for excellence and an invitation to musical culture, which takes the form of its Young Music Lovers program, pre-concert talks, many educational and community partnerships and the some 20 concerts it performs each season in Montreal boroughs, the result of more than 25 years of collaboration with the Conseil des arts de Montréal On Tour program.