Ottawa Symphony Orchestra signs Alain Trudel for two more years as Music Director

Alain Trudel. Photo: Maude Chauvin

The artistic advisor of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra is now the music director. The OSO announced Monday afternoon that Alain Trudel has signed on the dotted line for two more years.

Trudel joined the organization as Artistic Advisor and Principal Guest Conductor in the 2016-17 season. He will now be known as the Music Director and will be on hand for the development of the OSO’s 3D StringTheory project which aims to develop a new way to make stringed instruments. And he will be around when the Dominion Chalmers building becomes a centre for the arts and a potential new home for the OSO in downtown Ottawa. 

Trudel is also the Music Director of the Toledo Symphony in Ohio and holds a similar post with l’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval. He is a well-travelled conductor who has directed orchestras across Canada, the United States and in the United Kingdom. He is also an award winning trombonist.

Trudel will also carry on the mentoring role that the OSO has assumed through its close connection with the uOttawa school of music. Trudel has been the conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra and has conducted the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. He has taught at and conducted the orchestra of the University of Western Ontario. He is guest conductor for opera at the University of Ottawa.

“We are so pleased that Maestro Trudel has chosen to continue to be a part of our musical community,” said Robert Peck, the OSO’s president and chair of the board, in a media release. 

Trudel said in the same release that he is “thrilled at the opportunity to deepen my relationship with the exceptional people that make up the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra.”

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Peter Robb began his connection with the arts community in Ottawa in the mid-1980s when he was the administrator and public relations director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. After a long career in journalism with the Ottawa Citizen where he served in a number of different posts he returned to the arts when he became the Citizen's arts editor.