Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Kent Nagano to step down from Montreal post in 2020

12:07, 30th June 2017

Kent Nagano has announced that he will not accept the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s (OSM) invitation to extend his contract as music director beyond 2020.

He will, however, remain in the position for the next three seasons.

Since becoming the orchestra’s music director 2006, Nagano has seen the orchestra move into its new home at the Maison symphonique de Montréal and reestablish its relationship with Decca Classics. The first product of the renewed partnership, the world premiere recording of Honegger and Ibert’s lyrical drama L’Aiglon, won the orchestra its first ECHO Klassik award.

In addition to his position as music director of the OSM, Kent Nagano is also principal guest conductor and artistic advisor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and general music director and principal conductor of the Hamburg State Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra.

Lucien Bouchard, chair of the OSM’s board of directors, said the orchestra would continue its relationship with Nagano once his tenure had finished, adding: ‘These years with Maestro Nagano as the OSM’s music director have been incredible and will not be forgotten neither by the Orchestra nor its audiences.’

‘Following a decade and a half as music director, it seems like a natural transition point at which to change the nature of our relationship and we are presently enjoying creative discussions about the directions in which that could lead,’ Nagano said. ‘The 21st century continues to be a prosperous, wonderfully creative and innovative time for the whole organisation and the city of Montreal and there remain many exciting goals and projects to fulfill.’


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