Since its founding in 1934, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal has distinguished itself as a leader in the orchestral life of Canada and Québec. A cultural ambassador of the highest order, the Orchestra has earned an enviable reputation internationally through the quality of its many recordings and tours. The OSM carries on that rich tradition under the leadership of its Music Director, Kent Nagano, while featuring innovative programming aimed at updating the orchestral repertoire and deepening the Orchestra’s connection with the community.
Over the years the Orchestra has performed on more than 40 tours and some 30 national and international excursions, and have made over 100 recordings for Decca, EMI, Philips, CBC Records, Analekta, ECM and Sony, as well as on its own label, which have earned it some 50 national and international awards.
The OSM offers its varied audience an increasingly rich programming, one that consists of orchestral concerts, recitals, chamber music, and performances featuring the OSM Chorus and the Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique. The OSM figures prominently outside the concert hall thanks to the broadcast of concerts on a variety of platforms, enabling it to reach thousands of music lovers around the world.