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.
Since his appointment as artistic director and principal conductor in 2000, Yannick Nézet-Séguin has developed and maintained an exceptional relationship with the musicians, undoubtedly contributing to the Orchestre’s success, longevity and growing fame.
For 20 years now, the OM has grown alongside its artistic director and principal conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, whose career continues to reach new heights. Their exceptional collaborative relationship has given rise to many ambitious musical projects, some of them quite daring, under the leadership of the Montreal conductor.
Building on this special relationship and on the momentum of its concerts and recordings, the OM has enjoyed growing success and earned an enviable international reputation.
Each year, the Orchestre Métropolitain performs some 50 concerts that fill the Maison symphonique de Montréal with sound and, through its collaboration with the Conseil des arts de Montréal on Tour, resonate far beyond the Quartier des spectacles and into a dozen of the city’s boroughs. Sharing its passion for classical music with people from all walks of life, the Orchestre stands out through its vibrant The OM for Schools and The OM for Young Talent programs and their many educational initiatives.
Proud of working with musicians and singers from every background, the Orchestre was a key player in the 2017 festivities marking the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montreal. It also works closely with other companies, in particular the Opéra de Montréal.
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.