Montreal finds a title for Kent Nagano

Montreal finds a title for Kent Nagano


norman lebrecht

February 25, 2021

The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal will today endow Kent Nagano with the honorary title of Conductor Emeritus.

He is the third Music Director of the OSM to receive this title after Wilfrid Pelletier and Zubin Mehta.

It appears that Charles Dutoit has been airbrushed from OSM history.



  • yujafan says:

    KN should be air-brushed from music history, he’s such a podium peacock of dubious impact and musicality.

  • Rogerio says:

    I like the ring of that.
    Hey Americans, how about this;
    Donald Trump – POTUS Emeritus!! Arania Exumai!!!
    (That last part is from Harry Potter)

  • Mathias Broucek says:

    Charles who?

  • Emil says:

    Well the Emeritus title also means that an orchestra wants to maintain links with a conductor. Neither Dutoit nor the OSM wanted to maintain links after his exit, even less since it emerged that he harassed colleagues throughout his career.

    For Nagano, evidently both parties will benefit from continued links, even more so as his farewell concerts were scrapped due to COVID.

  • Karl says:

    Dutoit is still mentioned in one place on the OSM website as far as I see. Not totally scrubbed.
    “Oro was her (Ana Sokolović) first OSM commission in 2001 and premiered at the Théâtre Maisonneuve under the direction of Charles Dutoit.

  • grabenassel says:

    hm…as far as one can believe the musical gossip: there was not much love between them…..anyway, business must go on…..;-(

  • FrauGeigerin says:

    The title should be “chief overrated conductor”. Nagano is probably one of the worst conductors I have ever worked with.

  • Anonymous says:

    For the record, Charles Dutoit also appears in the section on the OSM website detailing the ensemble’s history: Irrespective of his alleged and proven transgressions — numerous and deeply troubling though they are — his impact on the OSM was singular and profound, and the extensive Decca recordings from the 1980s and 1990s stand as a remarkable and unparalleled achievement, at once scintillating and sublime and spanning an impressive array of challenging repertoire.