Trudel, Toledo Symphony Music Director Named Knight of the National Order of Québec

Published Friday, June 14, 2019 2:00 pm

Today, the Toledo Symphony’s Music Director Alain Trudel was named Knight of the National Order of Québec, or the Ordre national du Québec. Founded in 1984, the National Order of Québec is the highest civilian honor for merit awarded by the Canadian province of Québec. Trudel will be one of 35 honorees.

The Order is administered by the Council of the National Order of Québec and is intended to honor current or former Québec residents for the highest level of achievement in a particular field. Alain Trudel will be recognized for his contributions to music as a conductor and trombonist.

Every fall, a public call for nominations is announced. After evaluations of each nomination, the Council of the National Order of Québec recommends to the Prime Minister the nominations of the year, which are formalized by government decree, for the presentation of the insignia in June. All recipients will be decorated on June 20 at a ceremony at the Legislative Council of the Parliament Building in Québec City.

“After seeing Alain’s impact on our community in his first year as our Music Director, we are immensely proud but not at all surprised that the Council of the National Order of Québec has recognized his lifelong impact on his home province,” says Zak Vassar, President & CEO of the Toledo Symphony. “As both an amazing musician and a builder of communities, we look forward to bearing witness to Alain’s achievements both here and in Québec. We offer him our most heartfelt congratulations!”

Alain Trudel was named Music Director of the Toledo Symphony in June 2017. Earlier this month, Trudel concluded the 2018-2019 season, his first full season with the Toledo Symphony and the orchestra’s 75th anniversary. Trudel is also the Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of l’Orchestre symphonique de Laval in Canada.

Honorees admitted or promoted to the Order this year include:

Grands officiers : M. Phil Gold (promotion) et M. Pierre Lassonde (promotion).

Officières et officiers : M. Daniel Borsuk, M. Yvon Charest, M. Fernand Grenier, Mme Louise Harel, Mme Trang Hoang, M. Paul Inchauspé (2015), M. Morton S. Minc, M. Sylvain Moineau, M. Claude Montmarquette, M. Charles Morin et M. Louis Vachon.

Chevalières et chevaliers : Mme Sharon Azrieli, Mme Marie-Dominique Beaulieu, M. Robert Boily, Mme Natalie Choquette, Mme Louise Cordeau, Mme Micheline Dumont, M. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, M. Yves Gingras, M. François Girard, M. Geoffrey Green, M. Philippe Gros, M. Jean-Pierre Léger, M. Geoff Molson, M. Robert Panet-Raymond, M. Michel Phaneuf, M. Robert E. Prud’homme, Mme Louise Sicuro, M. Roland Smith, M. Alain Trudel, Mme Maïr Verthuy, M. Denis Villeneuve et M. Florent Vollant.

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Recently appointed Music Director of the Toledo Symphony, conductor Alain Trudel has been praised for his “immense talent as conductor, musician and performer” (La Presse). He is also Music Director of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval, Principal Youth and Family Conductor of the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Principal Guest conductor of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. Trudel was also the CBC Radio Orchestra conductor, taking the orchestra to new heights of artistic quality, as well as public and critical acclaim.

Trudel has conducted every major orchestra in Canada as well as orchestras in the UK, USA, Sweden, Brazil, Italy, Russia, Japan, Hong-Kong, Malaysia and Latin America. Trudel made his Opera de Montréal debut in 2009 in Mozart’s Magic Flute and conducted the live recording of their 30th anniversary gala. He has been a regular guest since and in March 2017 he conducted to great acclaim (“The entire audience was on its feet for another standing ovation, with concertgoers shouting “wow” and “bravo.” Rolling Stone Magazine, “The Wall Triumphs in Montréal.”  Le Figaro, Paris) the world premiere operatic version of “The Wall”. Trudel will also lead the American premiere at the Cincinnati Opera in July 2018.

Always committed to upcoming generations of musicians, Trudel was Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2012 to 2014 and has regularly been invited to conduct the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. From 2011 to 2015 Trudel was Professor and conductor of the orchestra and opera orchestra at the University of Western Ontario and is now guest professor for orchestra and opera at the University of Ottawa.

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.


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On January 1, 2019, the Toledo Ballet and Toledo Symphonyofficially merged to form the Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), a new non-profit organization dedicated to providing exceptional live music and dance performances and education for the region. This partnership promises to create new and invigorating programs, provide cost and revenue synergies in operations, and integrate the arts through shared educational missions.

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