Meet the Conductors

Alain Trudel

Music Director

 

Praised by La Presse for his “immense talent as conductor, musician and performer”, Canadian conductor Alain Trudel is Music Director of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval and has been instrumental, with the orchestra’s players and staff, in raising it’s reputation to national stature, augmenting it’s concert season and recording profile, “this CD glows with beauty. I don’t think I have heard a lovelier program of small-scale Respighi” Fanfare Magazine, USA.

Trudel is also Principal Youth and Family Conductor of the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Musical Advisor of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. He was the CBC Radio Orchestra Principal Conductor, taking the orchestra to new heights of artistic quality, as well as public and critical acclaim.

Over the years Trudel has held the positions of Principal Guest Conductor of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, guest musical advisor for the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and has conducted every major orchestra in Canada as well as orchestras in the UK, USA, Sweden, Italy, Russia, Japan, Hong-Kong, Malaysia and Latin America. 

Trudel made his Opera de Montréal debut in 2009 and has been a regular guest ever since. Their live recording of their 30th anniversary gala was in nomination for an Opus Award. In March 2017 he conducted the world premiere of the operatic version of “The Wall” and will conduct the american premiere in Cincinnati in July 2018.

Always committed to upcoming generations of musicians, Trudel was Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2004 to 2012 and has regularly been invited to conduct the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. 

Trudel was musical director of the Opera at the University of Western from 2012 to 2015 and at the University of Ottawa from 2015 to 2018.

First known to the public as “the Jascha Heifetz of the trombone” (Le monde de la musique), Alain Trudel has been a guest soloist with orchestras worldwide including Philharmonique de Radio-France, Hong-Kong Philharmonic, Austrian Radio Orchestra, Festival Musica Strasbourg (France), Klangbogen Festival (Vienna), Akiyoshidai and Hamamatsu festival (Japan). Alain is also a respected composer with performances across America and in Asia.

Alain Trudel was the first Canadian to be a Yamaha international artist, and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Virginia Parker, Charles Cros (France), Opus prize and Heinz Unger prizes. He has been named an Ambassador of Canadian Music by the Canadian Music Centre and received a Queen's Jubilee Medal in 2012.

 

Sara Jobin

Resident Conductor

Grammy-nominated conductor Sara Jobin has a passion for opera, new and American repertoire, and sacred music.

In 2004 she had the honor of making history as the first woman to conduct mainstage subscription performances at San Francisco Opera, conducting Tosca with Carol Vaness and Der fliegende Holländer with Nina Stemme, and has returned to their podium for 16 performances of five different productions since then including Philip Glass' Appomattox and the world premiere production of The Secret Garden. She is Chief Conductor of the Center for Contemporary Opera in New York, Interim Resident Conductor of the Toledo Symphony and Associate Conductor of the Toledo Opera, and has guest conducted the opera companies in Arizona, Pittsburgh, Santa Barbara, Anchorage, Tacoma, and Idaho where she is Music Director of the Made In America series. She has also conducted the Dayton Philharmonic, Symphony Silicon Valley, Orchestra of St. Luke's, and the Bochumer Philharmoniker. She has led American operas in Szeged and Avignon and brought one in workshop form to Shanghai. Her first full-length recording, the hilarious Volpone by John Musto, was nominated for a 2010 Grammy for Best Opera Recording. Her discography also proudly includes a Brubeck premiere with beloved mezzo Frederica von Stade.

Named a Leonard Bernstein Music Scholar by Harvard College, Jobin tends to defy traditional categories. She earned her black belt in judo on the same day as conducting Beethoven's Fifth Symphony for the first time. She sang for many years in the Glide Ensemble, a gospel choir featured in the movie The Pursuit of Happiness with Will Smith, prefers to ride a bicycle for transportation year round, and is looking for more opportunities to conduct sacred music. Tired of operas where the women die victimized by society, Ms. Jobin founded the Different Voice Opera Project in collaboration with Carol Gilligan.

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