the orchestra festival bach montreal ofbm

In 2018, the Festival Bach Montréal created its own orchestra. In keeping with the tradition of major international music festivals, this outstanding ensemble brings together exceptional musicians from Quebec and elsewhere in Canada. The Orchestre Festival Bach Montréal performs a series of concerts each year during the festival season under the direction of prestigious conductors.

In 2018, under the direction of Julian Prégardien, the orchestra presented J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion, a concert that also featured a remarkable choir made up of students from three Montreal universities.

In 2019, Reinhard Goebel conducted the orchestra, which also featured soloist Bruno Delepelaire, Principal Cello of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.


An Orchestra of Talents

Orchestre Festival Bach Montréal is marked by the spirit of camaraderie and collaboration among its performers. They share a passion for the timeless musical genius and cultural heritage of Johann Sebastian Bach, and perform some of his extraordinary works together.

All the musicians of the orchestra have been selected and invited by the festival's orchestral committee, which offers a unique opportunity for local talent to join forces and to take part in exciting and ambitious projects alongside world-renowned conductors and soloists.

The OFBM is composed primarily of professional musicians from major orchestras such as the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM), as well as a few exceptional young artists and students at the beginning of their careers. The performers are temporarily absent from their respective orchestras to perform together during the festival.


Alex Read, concertmaster / Anna Burden, cello solo / Jessy Dubé, violin / Roxane Sicard, violin / Caroline Laurent, violin / Ann Chow, violin / Jacob Neiderhoffer, violin / Guillaume Villeneuve, violin / Marianne di Tomaso, violin / Victor Fournelle-Blain, viola / Amina Tebini, viola / Valérie Arsenault, viola / Sylvain Murray, cello / Dominic Girard, double bass / Lindsay Roberts, oboe / Jean-Luc Côté, oboe / Mélanie Harel, cor anglais / Gabrièle Dostie-Poirier, bassoon / Alexis Basque, trumpet / Mélisande McNabney, harpsichord


Montreal and elsewhere

By developing its own orchestra, the Festival Bach Montréal has been able to increase its presence and bring world-class concerts not just to Montreal audiences, but also to those in the surrounding regions.

The OFBM has so far performed at the Abbaye Saint-Benoît-du-Lac in the Eastern Townships in 2018 and at Orford Musique in 2019. In 2021, the festival plans to bring the OFBM to Quebec City and beyond.

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