CITY OF MONTREAL - OFFICE OF THE MAYOR/EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

CITY OF MONTREAL - OFFICE OF THE MAYOR/EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

January 18, 2007 11:15 ET

Maestro Kent Nagano Named Honorary Citizen of Montreal

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 18, 2007) - At a ceremony at City Hall, the Mayor of Montreal, Mr. Gerald Tremblay, presented a certificate of honorary citizenship to Kent Nagano to highlight the contribution he has made to enhancing Montreal's international renown. "The reputation, expertise and virtuosity of the new musical director of the Orchestre symphonique de Montreal (OSM) contribute to affirming Montreal's position as a cultural metropolis. We are awarding Maestro Nagano this honor today and we thank him for having chosen Montreal. Needless to say, Kent Nagano's appointment as the head of the OSM clearly demonstrates the importance and the renown of our metropolis on the international music scene and this contribution deserves to be recognized," declared Mayor Tremblay.

Kent Nagano's presence in Montreal will have a positive impact on our orchestra, which is a major cultural institution in the city and plays an important role in disseminating culture to all Montrealers. The open-mindedness expressed by Kent Nagano translates into a desire to ensure a new focus on major, musical masterpieces in order to reach out to the general public, particularly the younger generation. This vision is definitely part of the city's cultural development policy.

Kent Nagano is the eighth musical director of the OSM. He replaces Charles Dutoit who held that position for 25 years. In a few short years, Maestro Nagano has built an international reputation and become one of the youngest and most brilliant orchestra conductors of his time, with a repertoire that includes symphonic and operatic music. His virtuosity has earned him international awards and recognition. In addition to serving as the musical director of the OSM, Maestro Nagano will hold similar positions with the Munich - Bavaria State Opera and the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, in California.

Contact Information

  • Source:
    Cabinet du maire et du comite executif
    Christiane Miville-Deschenes
    514-872-4291
    or
    Information:
    Direction des communications et des
    relations avec les citoyens
    Stephanie Jecrois, Media Relations
    514-872-4641
    or
    Orchestre symphonique de Montreal
    Isabelle Huiban, Media Relations
    514-840-7414