The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal has just picked an outlier to succeed Kent Nagano.
The Venezuelan Rafael Payare will become its music director in September 2022 for an initial five years.
Nagano held the post for 14 years.
Payare, 40, is married to the American cellist Alisa Weilerstein. A product of Venezuela’s El Sistema, he is presently music director in San Diego, where he renewed recently to 2026. He was previously music director in Ulster.