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Alain Trudel, Music Director | Directeur artistique


Ottawa Symphony Music Director Alain Trudel Named Chevalier de l' Ordre national du Québec

The Ottawa Symphony is thrilled to share that Music Director Alain Trudel has been named a Knight of the National Order of Québec. Founded in 1984, the National Order of Québec is the highest civilian honor for merit awarded by the Province. As one of only 35 honorees, we are so proud to count Alain as Ottawa's own orchestra leader. Bravo!

Félicitations à Alain Trudel, nomeé Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec! Chef de l'Orchestre symphonique d' Ottawa et un des 35 personnes dans la belle province honorées cette année dans l'Ordre national du Québec.

Les récipiendaires seront décorés le 20 juin lors d’une cérémonie à la salle du Conseil législatif de l’hôtel du Parlement à Québec, à 14h. Bravo Alain!…/co…/2019-06-13-en.asp


Music Director of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra since 2016, Alain Trudel has been praised for his “immense talent as conductor, musician and performer” (La Presse). He is also Music Director of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval and The Toledo Symphony. Trudel was also the CBC Radio Orchestra conductor, taking the orchestra to new heights of artistic quality, as well as public and critical acclaim.

Trudel has conducted every major orchestra in Canada as well as orchestras in the UK, USA, Sweden, Brazil, Italy, Russia, Japan, Hong-Kong, Malaysia and Latin America. Trudel made his Opera de Montréal debut in 2009 in Mozart’s Magic Flute and conducted the live recording of their 30th anniversary gala. He has been a regular guest since and in March 2017 he conducted to great acclaim (“The entire audience was on its feet for another standing ovation, with concertgoers shouting “wow” and “bravo.” Rolling Stone Magazine, “The Wall Triumphs in Montréal.” Le Figaro, Paris) the world premiere operatic version of “The Wall”. Trudel will also lead the American premiere at the Cincinnati Opera in July 2018.

Always committed to upcoming generations of musicians, Trudel was Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2012 to 2014 and has regularly been invited to conduct the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. From 2011 to 2015 Trudel was Professor and conductor of the orchestra and opera orchestra at the University of Western Ontario and has also been guest professor for orchestra and opera at the University of Ottawa.

First known to the public as “the Jascha Heifetz of the trombone” (Le monde de la musique), Alain Trudel has been a guest soloist with orchestras worldwide including Philharmonique de Radio-France, Hong-Kong Philharmonic, Austrian Radio Orchestra, Festival Musica Strasbourg (France), Klangbogen Festival (Vienna), Akiyoshidai and Hamamatsu festival (Japan). Alain is also a respected composer with performances across America and in Asia.

Alain Trudel was the first Canadian to be a Yamaha international artist, and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Virginia Parker, Charles Cros (France), Opus prize and Heinz Unger prizes. He has been named an Ambassador of Canadian Music by the Canadian Music Centre and received a Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Jaime Douglas