Alain Trudel

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Alain Trudel
Born (1966-06-13) June 13, 1966 (age 54)
Montreal, Quebec
Occupation(s)Conductor, composer, soloist

Alain Trudel CQ (born 13 June 1966) is a Canadian conductor, trombonist and composer.


Born in Montreal, Quebec, Trudel first became known to the public as a trombone soloist. He made his solo debut at the age of 18, with Charles Dutoit and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal. Trudel was the first Canadian to be a Yamaha international artist, and Yamaha has named a trombone mouthpiece in his honour.[1] He served on the faculty of the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Montréal from 1995 to 2008, teaching trombone and chamber music.

From 2004 to 2012, Trudel was conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. From 2006 to 2008, Trudel was music director of the CBC Radio Orchestra,[2] the final conductor to hold the post whilst the orchestra was under the auspices of the CBC. Trudel was also interim music advisor for the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra from 2007 to 2008. He suffered from a rare cancer in his late 30s that caused him to cease work temporarily.[3]

In 2006, Trudel became music director of l'Orchestre Symphonique de Laval.[4] He made his Opéra de Montréal debut in 2009, with Die Zauberflöte, as well as the 30th anniversary gala, which was released as a live CD and nominated for a L'ADISQ award. In 2010, he made his debut at l'Opéra de Quebec. He has served as principal guest conductor of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, and principal youth and family conductor of the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa.[1] He was principal guest conductor of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra from 2009 to 2013. Trudel was music director of Orchestra London Canada from 2011 to 2014, the final music director in the orchestra's history.[5] In September 2012, Trudel became the conductor of the orchestra and chamber orchestra of the University of Western Ontario.[6]

In the US, Trudel first guest-conducted the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in March 2010. In June 2017, the orchestra announced the appointment of Trudel as its next music director, effective with the 2018–2019 season, with an initial contract of 3 years. He is to hold the title of music director designate for the 2017–2018 season.[7][8]

Trudel is the recipient of numerous awards, among them the Virginia Parker Prize, Le grand prix du disque Président de la République de l'Académie Charles Cros (France), and the Heinz Unger Prize for conducting. As a composer, Trudel has been commissioned by the CBC, the National Arts Center, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Bellows and Brass, among others. He has also been named an Ambassador of Canadian Music by the Canadian Music Center.

Trudel was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec in 2019.[9]


Recordings as solo trombonist[edit]

Solo trombone recordings[edit]

  • Récital (SNE-563-CD, 1990)
  • Tableaux from France, Vol 1 (Amplitude CLCD-2015, 1992)
  • The International Trombone Association presents Alain Trudel Trombone Favorites (ITA WO-121294, 1994)
  • Trombone Concerti (Naxos 8.553831, 1997)
  • Jericho's Legacy (Naxos Jazz 86021-2)
  • The Art of the Trombone: Works for Trombone and Organ (Naxos 8.553716, 1999)
  • Conversations (ATMA Classique ACD 22289, 2003)

Recordings with solo trombone works[edit]

  • 21st International Trombone Workshop (Hochschule für Musik Detmold HSD 003)
  • The Canadian Staff Band: A Gala Festival (The Salvation Army Festival CSBCD-0495)
  • University of Calgary Wind Ensemble: Danceries (Arktos 200148)
  • François Dompierre: Les Jardins Intérieurs (ANALEKTA AN 2 8302)
  • Pascal Dusapin: Concerto[s] (Naïve Records Montaigne MO872181)
  • Fiati virtuosi: Frescobaldi, Bassano, Gabrieli: Italian instrumental music from the Renaissance (ANALEKTA FL 2 3013)
  • Le Kiosque à musique: Kiosque 1900 (ATMA Classique ACD22293)
  • Luciano Berio: Sequenzas I-XIV for Solo Instruments (Naxos 8.557661-63)
  • Neil Currie: Passionscape
  • Nino Rota: La Strada; Concertos (ATMA Classique ACD22294)
  • Trois Concertos: Panneton, Ferguson, Collard (ATMA Classique ACD22282)

Recordings as conductor only[edit]

  • Ronald Barron, trombone: An Evening from the 18th Century (Boston Brass Series BB1007, 2005)
  • Sanctuary: The heart has its reasons (Warner Classics 2564 62019–2, 2005)
  • Bernard Primeau Montréal Jazz Ensemble with Les Violons du Roy: Rencontre Jazz Et Classique – Live Au Gesù (Swing' In Records SITCD5006, 2006)
  • National Youth Orchestra of Canada: Selections from the National Tour, 2009 (NYOC2009CD, 2009)
  • Opéra de Montréal: Le Gala du 30e anniversaire (ATMA Classique ACD22627, 2010)
  • National Youth Orchestra of Canada: Russian Masters – Canadian Creations (NYOC2012CD, 2012)
  • Stephen Chatman, composer: Earth Songs (Centrediscs CMCCD14709, 2012)
  • National Youth Orchestra of Canada: Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (NYOC2013CD, 2013)
  • Jocelyn Morlock, composer: Cobalt (Centrediscs CMCCD14709, 2014)
  • Orchestre symphonique de Laval: Ottorino Respighi: Il Tramonto (ATMA Classique ACD22732, 2015)
  • Jean-Philippe Sylvestre, piano: Mathieu/Rachmaninov (ATMA Classique ACD22763, 2017)

Notable premieres[edit]

  • Malcolm Forsyth: These Cloud-capp'd Towers (1989) Concert piece for trombone and orchestra.
  • Jacques Hétu: Concerto pour trombone, Op. 57 (1995)
  • Alexina Louie: Ricochet (1992) Chamber concerto for trombone and six performers.
  • Randolph Peters: The Seven Gates of Kur (2000) For trombone and brass band.


  1. ^ a b Peter Robb (2016-04-27). "He has overcome: Alain Trudel takes the helm at OSO". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  2. ^ "Trombonist Trudel named conductor of CBC Radio Orchestra". CBC. 2008-04-30. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  3. ^ "Retour du chef Alain Trudel au Manitoba Chamber Orchestra". La Liberté. 2016-01-12. Archived from the original on 2016-08-11. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  4. ^ Benoit LeBlanc (2017-05-26). "L'OSL souligne les 10 ans de maestro Alain Trudel". Courrier Laval. Archived from the original on 2017-06-06. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  5. ^ James Stewart Reaney (2013-11-07). "Alain Trudel blames contract impasse for leaving his post as music director of Orchestra London". The London Free Press. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  6. ^ James Reaney (2012-01-13). "Trudel baton extends to UWO symphony". The London Free Press. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  7. ^ "Toledo Symphony Names New Music Director" (Press release). Toledo Symphony Orchestra. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  8. ^ Mike Pearson (2017-06-09). "Toledo Symphony names Alain Trudel as new Music Director". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
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Cultural offices
Preceded by
Mario Bernardi
Music Director, CBC Radio Orchestra
Succeeded by
(no successor)
Preceded by
Timothy Vernon
Music Director, Orchestra London
Succeeded by
(no successor; orchestra disbanded)
Preceded by
Jean-François Rivest
Music Director, Orchestre Symphonique de Laval
Succeeded by