A number of musicians in the Orchestra Symphonique de Montréal have accused the former music director of ‘psychological harassment‘ and ‘humiliation’.
Some of these complaints were at the heart of the events that prompted Dutoit’s resignation in 2002, but the musicians say they were ignored by the organisation over several years.
Lucien Bouchard, present chairman of the orchestra board, has issued the following statement:
‘We are very compassionate and moved by the suffering expressed in these recently published musicians’ testimonies, namely today in LaPresse+ and Le Devoir. They will serve to strengthen the OSM’s determination to ensure that the dignity and fundamental rights of its musicians and employees are respected at all times. Current administration has made considerable efforts to provide for a harmonious and collaborative working environment. In this regard, we will persist in taking every means to ensure that the climate of respect that has prevailed since the arrival of Music Director Kent Nagano in 2006 is maintained.’
The orchestra has commissioned a private investigation into the complaints by an unnamed individual.