Turmoil and tears at I Musici de Montrealmain
The Montreal ensemble is in seeming disarray.
Conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni (pictured) has left abruptly after ten years, apparently not of his own free will.
An interim ‘adviser’ has been installed.
Here’s the press release:
The Montreal Chamber Orchestre I Musici is pleased to announce the appointment of conductor Jean-Francois Rivest as musical advisor and first guest conductor. Mr. Rivest will take up his duties as of January 1, 2021 and will plan the upcoming seasons and conduct the orchestra as the first guest conductor.
′′ We are very pleased to welcome Jean-Francois Rivest to the team,’ stressed Louise Vaillancourt, chairman of the board of directors.
Jean-Francois Rivest is a well-known and appreciated figure in Quebec’s classical environment. Trained at the Montreal Conservatory and Juilliard School in New York, he was Conductor-in-Residence at the Montreal Symphony Orchestre, Artistic Director of the Laval Symphony Orchestre and Thirteen String Ensemble d ‘Ottawa and Artistic Director of the Centre d’ Orford arts. Since 1992, he has been teaching orchestra conducting at the Université de Montréal, provides various advanced interpretation courses and conducts the UDM (OUM) orchestra he founded.
I Musici would like to warmly thank the conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni who has been at the helm of the orchestra for more than ten years. His passage will have been noticed by his innovation and professionalism. He will have kept the whole set at a high professional level. The musical legacy he leaves behind will remain a very valuable achievement for the orchestra.