Alain Trudel, conductor
Music Director of Orchestra London Canada, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval, as well as Principal Guest Conductor of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Alain Trudel is one of the most sought after conductor on the Canadian Scene.
From 2006 to 2008 Trudel was the conductor of the CBC Radio Orchestra, bringing the orchestra to new heights of artistic quality as well as public critical acclaim. Trudel was also guest musical advisor for the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra in 2007.
A frequent guest of the major orchestras in Canada, Trudel also appeared at the helm of orchestras in the UK, the USA, Sweden, Russia, Japan, Hong-Kong, Kuala Lumpur and in Latin America. Highly appreciated for his collaborative spirit, he has worked with many world-famous artists including Ben Heppner, Anton Kuerti, Measha Brueggergosman, Herbie Hancock, Alain Lefèvre and Pinchas Zukerman.
Trudel made his Opera de Montréal debut in 2009, Conducting Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, as well as the 30th anniversary gala, which was released as a live CD and nominated at L’ADISQ award. In 2010 he also made his debut at l’Opéra de Quebec conducting their Gala as well as leading the 2011 production of Die Fledermaus.
Recently appointed as Principal Youth and Family Conductor at the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa, Trudel has always been highly committed to the new generation of musicians. He was for eight seasons (2004- 2012) Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, and has been regularly invited to conduct the National Youth Orchestra of Canada since 2006. Their recording of Mahler’s 6th Symphony and Stravinsky's Le sacre du printemps was nominated as “Best Orchestral Album of the Year” at the 2010 Juno Awards. Since September 2012, he has been appointed conductor of the orchestra and Opera at the University of Western Ontario.
First known to the public as a trombone soloist, Alain Trudel made his solo debut at the age of 18, with Charles Dutoit with l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal. He has been guest soloist with leading orchestras on five continents including l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, the Hong-Kong Philharmonic, The Austrian Radio Orchestra, Carnegie-Weill Recital Nall (NY), Dresdner Neueu Musik Tage (Germany),Tasmania New Music Festival (Australia), Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris (France), Festival Musica Strasbourg (France), Klangbogen Festival (Vienna), Akiyoshidai and Hamamatsu festival (Japan).
Alain Trudel is very happy to come back to his roots, as he will be Hannaford Street Silver Band’s principal guest conductor at the start of the 2010-2011season.
As a composer Trudel has been commissioned by the CBC, the National Art Center, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Bellows and Brass, among others. Hi works have been performed by orchestras in Atlanta, Québec, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, Kuala Lumpur, Buffalo.
Alain Trudel is the recipient of numerous Awards, among them the Virginia Parker, Le grand prix du disque Président de la République de l’Académie Charles Cros (France), the Heinz Unger Prize for conducting. He has also been named an Ambassador of Canadian Music by the Canadian Music Center. Alain Trudel was the first Canadian to be a Yamaha international artist.