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Announcing the Inaugural California Festival

This November, Rafael Payare and the San Diego Symphony join forces with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony for the new California Festival: A Celebration of New Music. Running from November 3–19, the two-week festival highlights the collaborative and innovative spirit of California, showcasing today’s most...


Touring Mahler’s Fifth Symphony in 2023

Already known for his “spectacular Mahler” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), Rafael Payare recently inaugurated his tenure as Music Director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (OSM) with an account of the “Resurrection” Symphony that “will be remembered as a major milestone in the history of the OSM” (Le Devoir, Canada).  The concert launched a new, multi-season Mahler cycle...


OSM Returns to the US

Rafael Payare leads the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal in Mahler’s monumental Fifth Symphony on the orchestra’s U.S. tour this spring. The program also includes Dorothy Chang’s Precipice and Bartók’s Second Piano Concerto, featuring Grammy Award–winning pianist Yefim Bronfman. Tour stops include Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center (March 6) and New York’s Carnegie Hall (March 8), after...


2022 Artist of the Year

Rafael Payare was named “Artist of the Year” by the Journal de Montréal, the largest French-language daily in North America. “It only took a few months for Payare to win the hearts of the Québecois,” writes columnist Guy Fournier. “In a few months, Payare has transformed the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. […] the OSM is now...