Maestro Kent Nagano
  • Appointed Commander of the Ordre de Montréal (2016)
  • Appointed Grand Officer of the Ordre national du Québec (2013)
  • Received the title of Great Montrealer, awarded by the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montréal (2013)
  • Member of the Order of the Rising Sun, the most prestigious honour awarded by the Japanese government to a non-Japanese citizen (2008)
  • Appointed Citizen of Honour by the city of Montréal (2007)
  • Received an honourary doctorate from McGill University and the Université de Montréal (2007)
Culture conductor
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From the very first wave of his baton, Kent Nagano had the city of Montréal under his spell. For more than 10 years, the love story between the music director of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and his adopted city has only grown stronger. The versatile leader began his career conducting some of the world’s most renowned orchestras, presenting great works from the masters as well as daring niche creations. From DJ Champion to Peter Eötvös, from Fred Pellerin to Johann Sebastian Bach, from the Olympic Stadium to the Maison Symphonique, maestro Nagano gracefully goes from immaculate tuxedo to his Montréal Canadiens hockey jersey in the course of showcasing his art. With a mission to make classical music more accessible, he’s constantly building new bridges between the orchestra and Montréal’s cultural ecosystem. A much sought-after guest conductor, maestro Nagano works regularly with the world’s most prestigious orchestras.
“Never underestimate the intelligence and sensitivity of younger generations.”
Kent Nagano in La Presse