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Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra

The Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra was founded in 1981 by some of the finest music graduates from Quebec schools. Today, it comprises a majority of Quebec-born and Quebec-trained musicians, and boasts an international calibre of excellence as an organization dedicated to the performance and dissemination of classical music from around the world.

The Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra is committed to serving the Metropolitan Montreal community and its diverse cultural institutions.  Since 2000, the orchestra has enjoyed a string of successes under the direction of its current conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

The mandate of the Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra is founded on values that promote wider public access to Classical music and on strong community involvement, as well as on artistic innovation and creativity.

The Orchestra gives pride of place to graduates of Quebec's conservatories and music faculties, enabling them to gain national and international exposure.

The Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra owes its excellence and recognition to the commitment and reputation of its internationally-renowned Principal Conductor and Artistic Director. This international status has won the attention of aspiring conductors and soloists at the forefront of the music world, who have enthusiastically accepted invitations from the Orchestra to perform as guest artists. The consistent quality of its performances has earned the Orchestra widespread acclaim and its numerous recordings have garnered several prizes and awards.

The Orchestra has always been a pioneer in matters of education and of wider public access to Classical music in the community. Beyond the season's in-house concerts, it brings music to a whole range of Montreal audiences and particularly to Montreal's young public.

The Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra's personality is apparent through its distinctive sound and energy, qualities which stand as a testament to the Principal Conductor and Artistic Director's commitment to innovation and creativity. These values have been fundamental to the Orchestra's activities from the start, and translate into performances of varied and eclectic repertoires, including world premieres of new Canadian works.