One of Quebec’s leading cultural ambassadors, the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal was founded in 1981 on a bold gamble: that the best way to promote symphonic music is by creating strong ties with the public.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin

The recipient of numerous national awards, the Orchestre Métropolitain owes its international reputation to, among other things, its some 20 recordings, several of them for the Canadian ATMA Classique label. Its Bruckner symphony cycle, published as a boxed set in the spring of 2018, provides ample evidence of the Orchestre’s boldness and excellence. In 2016 and 2018, the Orchestre recorded its first two discs for the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label with signers Rolando Villazón and Ildar Abdrazakov.

The year 2019 will go down as a turning point in the history of the OM, which recently announced that Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s contract has been renewed for life. This rare commitment only strengthens the extraordinary human relationship and deep bond that the conductor maintains with his Montreal orchestra and audiences.

Still glowing from the success of its 2017 European tour, the OM embarked on a United States tour in November 2019, visiting Chicago, Ann Arbor, New York City and Philadelphia with its conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.