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.