Artistic Director of the Orchestre symphonique de Laval, Toledo Symphony and Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, Alain Trudel is hailed as an “enormously talented conductor, musician and performer” (La Presse). He has served as a guest conductor with all major Canadian orchestras and appeared with orchestras in the United Kingdom, the United States, Italy, Sweden, Brazil, Russia, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Latin America. He regularly leads Opéra de Montréal productions and has conducted operas in Cincinnati, Detroit, Quebec City and Toronto. Alain’s years at the helm of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, student orchestras at the University of Ottawa, Western University and the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal (his alma mater), and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada are testimony to his commitment to younger generations. He is also known as “the Jascha Heifetz of the trombone” (Le Monde de la musique) and performed as a soloist across the planet. He is the recipient of the prestigious International Trombone Association Award for his outstanding contribution in this regard. Yamaha’s signature mouthpiece bearing his name is distributed internationally. Alain is a respected composer whose works are performed throughout the Americas and Asia. Among others, he received the Académie Charles Cros’ Grand Prix du Disque, the Virginia Parker Prize, the Opus Award, and was recently named Chevalier of the Ordre national du Québec.