Yannick Nézet-Séguin holds seven honorary doctorates (Université du Québec à Montréal, 2011; Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, 2014; Rider University, Princeton, 2015; McGill University, Montreal, 2017, Université de Montréal, 2017; Pennsylvania University, 2018; Université Laval, 2021) and has been made a Companion of the Order of Canada (2012), Companion of the Quebec Order for the Arts and Literature (2015), Officer of the National Order of Quebec (2015), Officer of the Ordre de Montréal (2017), honorary member of the Royal Conservatory of Music (2020) and Officer of the French Republic Order for the Arts and Literature (2021).

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.

Over the years

  1. 2000

    Yannick is appointed Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of OM.

  2. 2008-2018

    Yannick is appointed musical director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, then Honorary Conductor.

  3. 2012

    Yannick is appointed Musical Director of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

  4. 2017

    The first OM’s Europeen tour.

  5. 2018

    Yannick is appointed Musical Director of te Metropolitan Opera of New York.

  6. Summer 2019

    Record summer season: More than 70,000 attendees.

  7. Fall 2019

    Renewal for life of Yannick’s contract with the OM.

  8. End of the season 2019-2020

    Yannick’s 600th concert with the OM.

Renewal of Yannick Nézet-Séguin's contract with the OM for life

In September 2019, on the cusp of his 20th season with the Orchestre Métropolitain, Yannick Nézet-Séguin announces the renewal for life of his contract with the OM. This open-ended commitment is based on mutual trust. Such contracts between a young conductor and an orchestra he or she didn’t found are extremely rare.

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