Orchestre symphonique de Montréal


Founded in 1934 by Antonia Nantel, Wilfrid Pelletier and Athanase David, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) is a distinguished leader of musical life in Quebec and Canada.

Recognised as one of the finest orchestras in the world, whose core activity is to perform the vast orchestral repertoire with conductors and soloists of the highest calibre, the OSM is an essential cultural ambassador.

Under the new direction of Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare, the OSM perpetuates several rich traditions rooted in its long history of social involvement and embodied in far-reaching projects, world class tours, and a superb discography.

Askonas Holt is delighted to have organised the first European tour of the OSM with their new Music Director in 2022 as well as their debut together in Carnegie Hall.

Firmly anchored in today’s world, the OSM’s innovative artistic programming in both concerts and recordings brings modern-day relevance to the symphonic repertoire while strengthening the Orchestra’s place at the heart of its home base in Quebec’s metropolis. Over the years, the OSM has crisscrossed Canada and toured abroad, travelling to Quebec’s Far North as well as to the United States, Latin America, and several countries in Europe and Asia.

The OSM’s discography totals more than a hundred recordings on the Decca, Analekta, CBC Records, ECM, EMI, Philips, and Sony labels, earning more than 50 national and international awards.


  • Mar 2023 - Mar 2023
    United States

    Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Rafael Payare (conductor) Yefim Bronfman (piano) Programme: DOROTHY CHANG Precipice, BARTÓK Piano Concerto No. 2, MAHLER Symphony No. 5 Kennedy Center, Washington | Carnegie Hall, New York

  • Oct 2022 - Oct 2022

    Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Rafael Payare (conductor) Víkingur Ólafsson (piano) Bruce Liu (piano) Augustin Hadelich (violin) Wiener Singakademie (chorus) PROGRAMMES : LISZT Les Préludes, S.97, RAVEL Concerto for piano in G major, SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 10, Op. 93 MOUSSA Elysium, RACHMANINOV Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43, SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 10, Op. 93 BRAHMS Nänie, Op. 82, BRAHMS Schicksalslied, Op. 54, MAHLER Symphony No. 5 MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219, MAHLER Symphony No. 5 MOUSSA Elysium, RAVEL Piano Concerto in G major, SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 10, Op. 93 Lisinski Concert Hall, Zagreb | Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Budapest | Konzerthaus Vienna, Vienna | BOZAR Brussels | Southbank Centre, London