MONTREAL, Jan 7, 2021 / CNW Telbec / – The Orchester Symphonique de Montréal (OSM) announced today that Rafael Payare will be its next music director for at least five years from the 2022-2023 season September 2021 the position of Music Director-designate and takes over the position of Maestro Kent Nagano, who held the position of Music Director from 2006 to 2020

Mr Payare’s debut with the orchestra in 2018 was a memorable occasion, and his natural relationship with the OSM musicians was immediate, and that connection was reaffirmed upon his return to the orchestra in 2019

Mr Payare’s appointment was unanimously approved by the OSM’s next music director selection committee. The eleven-member committee, made up of three OSM musicians, was chaired by Suzanne Fortier, director and vice-chancellor of McGill University

Forty-year-old Rafael Payare is one of the most famous and internationally sought-after conductors of his generation.His innate musicality, brilliant technique and the charisma he exudes on the podium shape his style of music and his approach.Mr Payare was trained as a French horn player and completed it prestigious music education program El Sistema His talent was soon recognized by Maestro José Antonio Abreu, founder of El Sistema, with whom he began his formal studies in orchestral conducting in 2004

Since winning the prestigious international Malko competition for young conductors in Denmark in 2012, Mr Payare’s career has developed rapidly from 2014 to 2019, he was Music Director of the Ulster Orchestra and since 2019 Music Director of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra

In recent years he has conducted many of the most renowned symphony orchestras in the world, including in Berlin, Vienna, London, Munich, Chicago and Paris.Mr. Payare has been chief conductor of the Castleton Festival since 2015, which is supported by his mentor, the late Lorin Maazel, was founded

Rafael Payare, born in Venezuela, becomes the ninth music director in the history of the Symphonique de Montréal Orchestra and the first conductor from the South American continent to hold this position

As artist-in-residence for the 2020-2021 season, Rafael Payare will conduct three OSM concerts, which will be webcast in the coming weeks.The first of the three will be this Sunday the 10th January, presented live from 2:30 p.m. and can be viewed free of charge on OSMca and MediciFernseher The next music director of the OSM will conduct Berlioz ‘Roman Carnival and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C minor op 68

QUOTE FROM RAFAEL PAYARE “It is a great honor and a pleasure to have been selected as the next music director of the fantastic Symphonique de Montréal orchestra to have the opportunity to work with the wonderful artist group OSM, to create and open up new musical possibilities exploring is an extremely exciting prospect. It is my deepest wish that we can give the OSM audience many moments of joy, pride and hope in close synergy with the musicians “

QUOTE FROM LUCIEN BOUCHARD, Chairman of the OSM Board of Directors “Today we are witnessing the climax of a very important process in the life of a symphony orchestra: the election of its next music director. It is a chance to breathe new life into the OSM and an excellent opportunity to to open new musical approaches while maintaining the criteria of excellence that have always been its hallmark. We firmly believe that the arrival of Rafael Payare will allow us to write an exciting chapter in the history of the OSM “

QUOTE FROM MADELEINE CAREAU, Chairman of the OSM “Rafael Payare’s passion, energy and determination, his Latin American roots and dedicated personality are attributes that will undoubtedly appeal to the Montreal audience, especially since our next music director has a strong desire to join Engage the Community His talent, creativity and leadership skills will help keep the OSM shining on the world stage, be it on tour or through recordings adapted to different broadcast platforms “

QUOTE FROM SUZANNE FORTIER, Chair of the Selection Committee for the OSM’s Next Music Director “Today’s announcement is the result of rigorous efforts that began in 2017 to select a replacement for Kent Nagano, who did not want to renew his contract at the end of the season 2019-2020 Based on solid selection criteria, our search was globally oriented.I was honored to chair this committee and I am very pleased with the outcome.We were able to identify a candidate of the highest quality, Rafael Payare, to be named Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the OSM have unanimously recommended “

ORCHESTER SYMPHONIQUE DE MONTRÉAL Founded in 1934, the Orchester Symphonique de Montréal (OSM) is a respected leader of the musical life in Quebec and Canada.The OSM is considered one of the best orchestras in the world, whose main activity is to create the extensive orchestral repertoire with conductors and soloists to perform at the highest level It is an essential cultural ambassador for the OSM, carrying on several rich traditions rooted in its long history of social engagement and incorporating wide-ranging projects, world-class tours, and an excellent discography of the OSM’s innovative artistic program, both in concerts and is also firmly anchored in recordings in today’s world, brings modern relevance to the symphonic repertoire and at the same time strengthens the orchestra’s place in the heart of its home base in the metropolis of Quebec.Over the years the OSM has crossed Canada and traveled abroad to see in to travel the far north of Quebec as well as the USA, Latin America and several countries in Europe and Asia The OSM discography includes more than 100 recordings from the labels Decca, Analekta, CBC Records, ECM, EMI, Philips and Sony and was with more than 50 national and international awards

THE OSM THANKS ITS PARTNERS, SUBSCRIBERS AND THE AUDIENCE As the contribution of the orchestra’s public partners is essential to its work, the OSM thanks its main partner, the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, along with the Canada Council for the Arts, the Government of Quebec and the Conseil des arts de Montréal

The OSM is proud to count on its loyal partners and thanks Hydro-Québec, title moderator of the OSM, BMO Financial Group, season partner, and Power Corporation of Canada, main sponsor of the series We would also like to thank the OSM Foundation , Sélection Retraite, Yimby, Air Canada, Fondation J, thank EIN DeSève, J Armand Bombardier Foundation, Le Groupe Maurice, Spinelli, Canada Life, National Bank, BBA, Cogeco, Estiatorio Milos, Volvo Car Canada, Charton-Hobbs, DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal, ESKA, IRIS, Ritz-Carlton Montreal and Solotech The OSM is also grateful to its other partners and donors, as well as to its subscribers and viewers who, in various ways, provide substantial support to its activities. The Artist-in-Residence program is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Rossy Foundation. The Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique became the OSM of Ms. A generous gift to Jacqueline Desmarais

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