The Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal has admitted it ignored complaints of ‘psychological harassment’ by music director Charles Dutoit dating back to the 1990s.
The complaints were made by musicians in the orchestra. In 1997, a majority of OSM players signed a letter requesting a meeting with the management to discuss the matter. The request was refused.
Five years later Dutoit resigned from the orchestra, blaming the musicians for his departure.
Le Devoir has published a report on the early complaints here. The OSM is refusing to comment, saying it has appointed ‘an independent individual’ to investigate.
Dutoit, 81, has withdrawn from all conducting activity following a spate of harassment claims, which he denies.