Kent Nagano to step down from Montreal Symphony Orchestra music directorship in 2020

Posted on: June 30, 2017

“Kent Nagano has announced he will leave the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal at the end of his contract in 2020,” writes Les Perreaux in Thursday’s (6/29) Globe and Mail (Toronto). “Mr. Nagano, who will be the second-longest-serving maestro at the OSM when his term ends, made the announcement Thursday afternoon … saying only it seemed a natural transition point. Mr. Nagano renewed his contract on his other main job with the Hamburg State Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra 20 months ago. … Mr. Nagano leaves the [Montreal] orchestra in much better position with a new concert hall, a solid balance sheet and years of critical acclaim. He shared credit for the comeback with the orchestra’s board and administration as well as the community, and promised to keep working through the end of his contract in 2020. … Lucien Bouchard, the former Quebec premier who is chair of the OSM’s board of directors, said the orchestra plans to continue a relationship with Mr. Nagano after his term ends, citing his importance to the community and the fact ‘he will leave an indelible mark on the institution’ … The orchestra said it will quickly establish a process to find Mr. Nagano’s successor.”

Posted June 30, 2017

In photo: Montreal Symphony Orchestra Music Director Kent Nagano. Photographer Felix Broede.