The OSM and Payare at the Summit
Saturday August 8 | 7:30 pm
Video clip from the concert
Together, let’s imagine the future of classical music!
Relive Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare’s sensational debut at the Festival! This rising-star conductor, whose first concerts in Quebec in 2018–2019 captivated everyone’s attention, leads the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal in Tchaikovsky’s stirring Fourth Symphony.
Recording: Festival de Lanaudière Archives (July 27, 2019)
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Rafael Payare, conductor
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Since its founding in 1934, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal has distinguished itself as a leader in the orchestral life of Canada and Quebec. A cultural ambassador of the highest order, the Orchestra has acquired an enviable reputation internationally through the quality of its many recordings and tours. The OSM carries on that rich tradition under the leadership of its current music director, Kent Nagano, featuring innovative programming aimed at updating the orchestral repertoire and strengthening the Orchestra’s connection with the community. Over the years the OSM has undertaken over 40 tours and roughly 30 national and international excursions. The Orchestra has made more than 100 recordings, on the Decca, EMI, Philips, CBC Records, Analekta, ECM, and Sony labels, as well as on its own label, which have earned it over 50 national and international awards. The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal is presented by Hydro-Québec.
Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare’s profound musicianship, technical brilliance, and charismatic presence on the podium rank him among the world’s most highly sought-after young conductors. He works regularly with leading orchestras of international stature. In September 2014, he was appointed Principal Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra in Northern Ireland, which he conducted at his BBC Proms debut in August 2017. In September 2017, the Ulster Orchestra appointed him as its Music Director in recognition of his prodigious contributions to this ensemble and to the Northern Irish community and culture. In February 2018, it was announced that Mr. Payare would take the podium as Music Director of the San Diego Symphony for its 2019–2020 season. In January 2015, he made an acclaimed debut with the Vienna Philharmonic conducting subscription concerts at the Vienna Musikverein and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. He returned to the Vienna Philharmonic in June 2018 to conduct concerts featuring mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca at the Vienna Konzerthaus.
As a guest conductor, Rafael Payare has worked with many high-profile orchestras and ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Staatskapelle Dresden, Munich Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie- Orchester Berlin, Los Angeles Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, and the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France.
Born in 1980 and a graduate of the celebrated El Sistema music education programme in Venezuela, Rafael Payare began his formal conducting studies in 2004 with José Antonio Abreu. He has conducted virtually all the major Venezuelan orchestras, including the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar. Having also served as Principal Horn with the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar, he has performed on several distinguished tours and can be heard on many of the Orquesta’s recordings, with conductors Giuseppe Sinopoli, Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, and Lorin Maazel, among others. In May 2012, Mr. Payare was awarded First Prize at the Malko International Competition for Young Conductors.