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Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM)

The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal is considered the most prestigious symphony orchestra in Canada and one of the best in North America.

Composed of 92 permanent musicians and a choir, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal gives nearly 100 classical music concerts per year, the vast majority in the main concert hall, the Maison symphonique.

In addition to major concerts, symphony series and recitals, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal also gives shows for young people and shows featuring a more pop-music style of classical music as part of the OSM Pop series, which stars artists such as Les Trois Accords, Ariane Moffatt, Roch Voisine and many more.

Founded in 1934, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s first Artistic Director was the Montrealer Wilfrid Pelletier (1935–1941), whose name adorns the first concert hall built in 1963 on the site that would become Place des Arts. The OSM earned its place of prominence on the international scene under the direction of Charles Dutoit (1977–2002), owing notably to important tours and fine recordings. From 2006 to 2020, Kent Nagano took the helm of the OSM, inaugurating the Maison symphonique, the Orchestra’s home venue, as well as the Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique. Conductor Rafael Payare succeeded him in 2021 as Music Director Designate and fulfills his first complete programming with the 2022–2023 season.

An orchestra making its mark internationally

The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal has greatly accentuated its presence at a number of festivals and on tour in Europe, Asia and South America in recent years. The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal is also reputed for its hundred or so recordings over the years, which have earned it some fifty national and international awards, on prestigious labels including Decca, EMI, Philips, CBC Records, Analekta, ECM and Sony, as well as under its own label.

Events

Kumt arayn! Klezmer Music and Yiddish Literature
Classical

Kumt arayn! Klezmer Music and Yiddish Literature

Théâtre Maisonneuve
Baroque Polyphonies in the Cities of Gold
Classical

Baroque Polyphonies in the Cities of Gold

Théâtre Jean-Duceppe
American Rhapsody: From Folklore to Legend
Classical

American Rhapsody: From Folklore to Legend

Maison symphonique
Brandford Marsalis en quintette
Classical

Brandford Marsalis en quintette

Théâtre Jean-Duceppe
James Ehnes and Korngold’s Violin Concerto
Classical

James Ehnes and Korngold’s Violin Concerto

Maison symphonique
Jeanine De Bique in the Land of Poets
Classical

Jeanine De Bique in the Land of Poets

Théâtre Maisonneuve
Les aventures de Tío Tigre
Classical

Les aventures de Tío Tigre

Maison symphonique
Trios by Amy Beach and Rebecca Clarke
Classical

Trios by Amy Beach and Rebecca Clarke

Théâtre Maisonneuve
Chopin in America, with Sergio Tiempo
Classical

Chopin in America, with Sergio Tiempo

Théâtre Jean-Duceppe
Four Musicians from Ensemble Obiora
Classical

Four Musicians from Ensemble Obiora

Salle Claude-Léveillée
Musical Landscapes with Jeanine De Bique
Classical

Musical Landscapes with Jeanine De Bique

Maison symphonique
Bryan Cheng and Andrew Wan: Ravel in America
Classical

Bryan Cheng and Andrew Wan: Ravel in America

Théâtre Maisonneuve
Sixtrum : 6 marimbas
Classical

Sixtrum : 6 marimbas

Théâtre Jean-Duceppe
The Cuatro: Echos of Venezuela
Classical

The Cuatro: Echos of Venezuela

Salle Claude-Léveillée
Violin and Piano: Dvořák, Still and Piazzolla
Classical

Violin and Piano: Dvořák, Still and Piazzolla

Théâtre Maisonneuve
Ensemble Obiora and Branford Marsalis
Classical

Ensemble Obiora and Branford Marsalis

Maison symphonique
Four Bassoons: An Ode to the Americas
Classical

Four Bassoons: An Ode to the Americas

Salle Claude-Léveillée
Pacho Flores with Brass and Percussion
Classical

Pacho Flores with Brass and Percussion

Théâtre Jean-Duceppe
Branford Marsalis and Jean-Willy Kunz in Recital
Classical

Branford Marsalis and Jean-Willy Kunz in Recital

Maison symphonique
Indigenous Literature to Music
Classical

Indigenous Literature to Music

Théâtre Maisonneuve
Americans in Paris, Cairo and Quebec City
Classical

Americans in Paris, Cairo and Quebec City

Salle Claude-Léveillée
Soledad : hommage à Piazzolla
Classical

Soledad : hommage à Piazzolla

Théâtre Jean-Duceppe
Bruce Liu Performs Rachmaninoff
Classical

Bruce Liu Performs Rachmaninoff

Maison symphonique
Rafael Payare Conducts the Classical Spree Ensemble
Classical

Rafael Payare Conducts the Classical Spree Ensemble

Théâtre Jean-Duceppe
Rafael Payare Conducts Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony
Classical

Rafael Payare Conducts Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony

Maison symphonique
Rafael Payare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream
Classical

Rafael Payare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream

Maison symphonique
Osmo Vänskä and Beethoven’s Symphony no. 5
Classical

Osmo Vänskä and Beethoven’s Symphony no. 5

Maison symphonique
Harmonium symphonique - The Original Creation
Classical

Harmonium symphonique - The Original Creation

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Rafael Payare Conducts Shostakovich, Ravel and Liszt
Classical

Rafael Payare Conducts Shostakovich, Ravel and Liszt

Maison symphonique
Shostakovich and Mozart Envisioned by Rafael Payare
Classical

Shostakovich and Mozart Envisioned by Rafael Payare

Maison symphonique
Organ & Improv, Opus 2
Classical

Organ & Improv, Opus 2

Maison symphonique
Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in OSM Colours
Classical

Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in OSM Colours

Maison symphonique
The Return of Kent Nagano: Mozart and Schubert
Classical

The Return of Kent Nagano: Mozart and Schubert

Maison symphonique
Les Cowboys Fringants: Encore
Classical

Les Cowboys Fringants: Encore

Maison symphonique
Barbara Hannigan and the Symphonie fantastique
Classical

Barbara Hannigan and the Symphonie fantastique

Maison symphonique
Christmas Songs with Rafael Payare
Classical

Christmas Songs with Rafael Payare

Maison symphonique
Harmonium symphonique - Pure Symphony
Classical

Harmonium symphonique - Pure Symphony

Maison symphonique
Maxim Vengerov Plays Shostakovich
Classical

Maxim Vengerov Plays Shostakovich

Maison symphonique
Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider in Performance and Conducting the OSM
Classical

Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider in Performance and Conducting the OSM

Maison symphonique
The Mathematics of Music
Classical

The Mathematics of Music

Maison symphonique
Tchaikovsky and the Force of Destiny
Classical

Tchaikovsky and the Force of Destiny

Maison symphonique
Nagano and Kantorow: From Sibelius to Tchaikovsky
Classical

Nagano and Kantorow: From Sibelius to Tchaikovsky

Maison symphonique
Gershwin’s Piano Concerto
Classical

Gershwin’s Piano Concerto

Maison symphonique
Mahler’s Fifth Symphony
Classical

Mahler’s Fifth Symphony

Maison symphonique
Pinocchio
Classical

Pinocchio

Maison symphonique
Music and Film: The General in cine-concert
Classical

Music and Film: The General in cine-concert

Maison symphonique
Rafael Payare Gives Us A Hero’s Life
Classical

Rafael Payare Gives Us A Hero’s Life

Maison symphonique
Bernard Labadie and Haydn’s Creation
Classical

Bernard Labadie and Haydn’s Creation

Maison symphonique
Wizards and Jedi: An Evening with John Williams
Classical

Wizards and Jedi: An Evening with John Williams

Maison symphonique
A Journey to the Middle East: Scheherazade to Simurgh
Classical

A Journey to the Middle East: Scheherazade to Simurgh

Maison symphonique
Bruce Liu Performs Chopin’s Second Concerto
Classical

Bruce Liu Performs Chopin’s Second Concerto

Maison symphonique
Rafael Payare: From Andalusia to the Plains of Venezuela
Classical

Rafael Payare: From Andalusia to the Plains of Venezuela

Maison symphonique
Charles Richard-Hamelin Performs Prokofiev’s Concerto no. 2
Classical

Charles Richard-Hamelin Performs Prokofiev’s Concerto no. 2

Maison symphonique
Dominique Fils-Aimé: Symphonic Trilogy
Classical

Dominique Fils-Aimé: Symphonic Trilogy

Maison symphonique
Bartók’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Percussion
Classical

Bartók’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Percussion

Maison symphonique
Bach and Glass on the Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique
Classical

Bach and Glass on the Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique

Maison symphonique
Closing Concert: Rafael Payare and Mahler’s Third
Classical

Closing Concert: Rafael Payare and Mahler’s Third

Maison symphonique
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