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.
In 2020, the orchestra was conducted by Jean-Claude Picard, accompanied by soprano Myriam Leblanc and baritone Russell Braun.
In 2021, the OFBM will be accompanied by the Festival Bach Montréal Choir for two exceptional concerts presented for the Festival opening, at Palais Montcalm in Quebec City and at Montréal's Maison symphonique. For the occasion, the Festival Choir and Orchestra will be conducted by Czech Bach specialist and world-renowned conductor, Václav Luks.
In 2022, Festival Bach Montréal's Orchestra and Choir had the chance to work with one of the world's leading Bach interpreters, conductor Masaaki Suzuki, for two concerts presented in Montreal and Quebec City.