Renowned conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin is the recipient of the 2017 Oskar Morawetz Award for Excellence in Music Performance. He will receive the award on Thursday, September 7 at 7:30 p.m., as he conducts the Orchestre Métropolitain’s performance of Fantastic Bruckner at the Maison symphonique in Montréal.
“Yannick is at once an international superstar and a Canadian musical ambassador,” said the jury. “He is a magnificent conductor, inspiring his artists to achieve greatness and elevating their collective musicianship. At the same time, he is committed to Canadian music, providing opportunities for Canadian composers and touring Canadian music all around the world.”
On receiving this award, Yannick Nézet-Séguin said: “I am very honored and grateful to the jury who awarded me this prize, which recalls the huge talent of Oskar Morawetz – a musician and a composer whom I greatly respect.”