Orchestre symphonique de Québec

Last updated: February 26, 2024

The Orchestre symphonique de Québec, founded by Joseph Vézina in 1902, is the oldest orchestra in Canada and has a history that has closely paralleled that of Québec City. The Orchestra participates in a host of national and international events and produces major pieces from the symphonic repertoire, as well as pieces by Quebec, Canadian, and foreign composers. Over the years, the Orchestra has received numerous awards and accolades. The Orchestre symphonique de Québec leverages its position as a leader in education and community outreach to democratize orchestral music through innovative projects such as the Zoo musical®, the Symphonic Gallery digital education platform, Les Matinées symphoniques for elementary schools, and Notes à repetition for high schools. The Orchestra is known for its collaborations with the Conservatoire de musique de Québec and Université Laval’s faculty of music.

Clemens Schuldt was recently appointed Music Director of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, a position he commenced from 2023–2024 season. Hailed by the press as one of the most exciting conductors emerging from Germany today, he is widely praised for his innovative interpretations and his deep understanding of music. His knowledge, particularly about the classical and romantic repertoire, as well as his creativity to include lesser-known and contemporary works in his programs are widely acclaimed.

Clemens Schuldt opened the 2023–2024 season with a tour of Germany and Eastern Europe with the German Bundesjugendorchester and Martynas Levickis. He returned to the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, where he conducted the season opening concert. In addition to symphonic works, Clemens Schuldt devotes himself intensively to opera. Last season he also conducted a highly praised new production of Mozart’s Mitridate, re di Ponto together with The English Concert at Garsington Opera. At Staatstheater Karlsruhe, he led the revival of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.

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