Rafael Payare

Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare, 40, will take on the role of Music Director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. He will be the 9th Music Director in the history of the Orchestra. Succeeding Kent Nagano, he will assume his full duties beginning with the 2022-2023 season, for a period of at least five years.

Since winning the prestigious Malko International Competition for Young Conductors in Denmark in 2012, Payare’s career has advanced rapidly. From 2014 to 2019, he was Music Director of the Ulster Orchestra and since 2019 he has been Music Director of the San Diego Symphony.

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