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Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) is a world-renowned orchestra with a rich history of social involvement and artistic excellence. Founded in 1934 by Antonia Nantel, Wilfrid Pelletier, and Athanase David, the OSM is recognized as one of the finest orchestras globally, performing the vast orchestral repertoire with top-tier conductors and soloists. Concert videos from the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal are now available on Symphony.live.

About the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

The orchestra has a reputation for being an essential cultural ambassador, perpetuating rich traditions rooted in its long history of social involvement through far-reaching projects, world-class tours, and an impressive discography.

Under the leadership of Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare, the OSM's innovative artistic programming brings modern-day relevance to the symphonic repertoire while strengthening the orchestra's place at the heart of its home base in Quebec's metropolis. The OSM has toured extensively, including visits to Quebec's Far North, the United States, Latin America, and several countries in Europe and Asia. Their discography boasts over a hundred recordings on esteemed labels such as Decca, Analekta, CBC Records, ECM, EMI, Philips, and Sony, earning them over 50 national and international awards. With its exceptional performances and enduring legacy, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal is a cultural institution of the highest caliber.

The OSM has a long-standing tradition of social involvement, beginning in the 1940s with free concerts for children, which has since grown into a comprehensive educational program. This initiative reaches thousands of students each year, and the OSM also runs community outreach programs and participates in charitable events, cementing its role as a cultural institution deeply invested in the well-being of its community.

In addition to its social involvement, the OSM attracts some of the most talented musicians from around the world and collaborates with renowned conductors and soloists. The orchestra has also premiered works by prominent composers, including John Adams, Philip Glass, and Maurice Ravel.

The OSM's commitment to innovation is evident in its programming, which includes traditional repertoire alongside contemporary works and collaborations with other art forms such as dance and theater. The orchestra's dedication to artistic excellence and social responsibility ensures that it will continue to be a cultural ambassador for Quebec and Canada for many years to come. With its impressive history and legacy, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal is a must-see cultural institution that showcases the best of classical music.

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Madeleine Careau OSM

Madeleine Careau

Chief Executive Officer of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal

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