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.

In 2023, Festival Bach Montréal's Orchestra will be conducted by Reinhard Goebel for three concerts: in Montreal, Quebec city and Ottawa.

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RENOWNED ARTISTS

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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.

THE 2024 ORCHESTRA

Marie Bégin, concertmaster / Elsa Barozzi, violin / Artur Chakhmakhchyan, violin / Ladusa Chang-Ou, violin / Alicia Choi, violin / Marianne Di Tomaso, violin / Russel Iceberg, violin / Caroline Laurent, violin / Julia Mirzoev, violin / Jacob Niederhoffer, violin / Julien Patrice, violin / Roxanne Sicard, violin / Justin Almazan, viola / Stéphanie Galipeau, viola / Julien Haynes, viola / Bojana Milinov, viola / David Montreuil,viola / Marina Thibeault, viola / Thomas Beard, cello / Mariève Bock, cello / Elinor Frey, cello / François Leclerc, cello / Dominic Girard, bass / Ben Heard, bass / Joanna Marsden, flute / Jeffrey Stonehouse, flute / Jean-Luc Cote, oboe / Lindsay Roberts, oboe / Alice Lane-Lépine, horn / Simon Poirier, horn / Alexandra Eastley, bassoon / Carmelle Préfontaine, bassoon / Zoë SirLouis, bassoon / Alexis Basque, trumpet / Henri Ferland, trumpet / Charles-Antoine Solis, trumpet / Julien Bélanger, Timbani / Maria Budacova, organ / Luc Beauséjour, harpsichord

DISCOVER ALL UPCOMING CONCERTS

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 OFBM will go to Quebec City for an exceptional concert at Palais Montcalm.

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