The Orchestre symphonique de Québec, the oldest of all Canadian symphony orchestras, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2002. With 66 permanent musicians, the orchestra reaches more than 100,000 music-lovers each year, thanks to its numerous concerts and radio and television broadcasts, as well as its collaboration with the Opéra de Québec and Les Grands Ballets canadiens.
As an important partner in the artistic community, the OSQ has inaugurated numerous works by Quebec, Canadian, and foreign composers. The orchestra began its educational programming in 1936, and has participated in many international cultural events (summits of the French-speaking community, summit of the Americas, etc.). A number of prizes have recognized the orchestra’s contribution to Canadian musical life; the group has made 16 recordings to date.
In the course of its 100 years of existence, the OSQ has had 10 musical directors: Joseph Vézina (1902-1924), Robert Talbot (1924-1942), Edwin Bélanger (1942-1951), Wilfrid Pelletier (1951-1966), Françoys Bernier (1966-1968), Pierre Dervaux (1968-1975), James DePreist (1976-1983), Simon Streatfield (1983-1991), Pascal Verrot (1991-1998) and Yoav Talmi (since July 1998).