Founded in 1984, the Orchestre symphonique de Laval (OSL) is one of Laval’s main artistic organization, with a roster of 53 professional musicians. Its musicians are graduates of Quebec’s music conservatories and universities. The general public is at the heart of each of the Orchestre symphonique de Laval’s activities. Indeed, the orchestra’s chief mandate is to offer audiences grand symphonic music and provide a pleasant listening experience, and this mission of closeness with the public is reflected in each of the OSL’s spheres of activity.
The Orchestre symphonique de Laval performs mainly on the territory spanned by Laval, though it is also taking steps to heighten its public profile in neighbouring communities.
The Orchestre symphonique de Laval’s current artistic director, Alain Trudel, is among the most soughtafter conductors in Canada. Previously, the orchestra benefitted from the talents and know-how of seasoned conductors such as Gilbert Patenaude (1985-1987), Paul-André Boivin (1988-1993), Jacques Lacombe (1993-1995) and Jean-François Rivest (1995-2006). The Orchestre symphonique de Laval places a priority emphasis on making classical music accessible to younger audiences by offering a full spectrum of activities. These include school matinees, composition workshops, rehearsals in high schools, and concerts presented by young musicians (Les Préludes).
In 2013, the Conseil Québécois de la musique handed the Orchestra an Opus Prize for the Young audience’s production of the year, for Peter, Babar and the Wolf. The Orchestra continues its development by launching for the 2014-2015 season a new series of concerts in the afternoon, Music, Maestro! This series gives the public a direct and friendly approach to music.