Pinchas Zukerman chooses
for new conducting
position at NAC
"a born conductor" on CBC National News,
Music Director Pinchas Zukerman has chosen
23-year-old Jean-Philippe Tremblay for a
newly-created conducting position with the National
Arts Centre Orchestra.
Mr. Tremblay will be in
residence with the orchestra for two to three years,
conducting performances and rehearsals and working
closely in a Mentor-Apprentice relationship with
Maestro Zukerman. Maestro Zukerman and Mr. Tremblay
became acquainted this past summer in Ottawa, where
Mr. Tremblay was in residence as Music Director of
l'Orchestre de la francophonie canadienne, as well
as participating in the National Arts Centre 's
Conductors Programme with master conductor Jorma
Panula and Maestro Zukerman.
During that summer, Mr. Tremblay had the opportunity
to conduct the NAC Orchestra in performances of
Mahler's Adagietto from Symphony No.5, and
Kaleidoscope by Canadian composer Pierre
Mercure. Critics called his performances "assured"
and "deeply felt, the highlight of the evening."
"It's a dream to be associated with Pinchas
Zukerman, who is one of the greatest musicians in
the world," said Mr. Tremblay to the Ottawa
position as Apprentice Conductor is funded in part
by the Canada Council for the Arts'
Conductor-in-Residence Program and through the
generosity of two Toronto-based philanthropists.