Maestro Alain Trudel is an Emmy and JUNO-Award nominated Canadian conductor, trombonist and composer. He is Artistic Director of Brott Music Festival, Canada’s largest orchestral music festival. There, he leads two national professional music training programs: the National Academy Orchestra of Canada and BrottOpera. He serves as Music Director of the Toledo Symphony (USA), as well as the music director of l’orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières. Alain has conducted every major orchestra in Canada and numerous orchestras throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Trudel has been a regular guest with the Opera de Montréal and in March 2017 he made a memorable splash on the world’s music scene when he conducted the world premiere of the operatic version of Pink Floyd’s The Wall. The performance received rave reviews around the world, including Rolling Stone Magazine and Le Figaro in Paris. He is former music director and conductor of Laval Symphony Orchestra in Montreal, the CBC Radio Orchestra, Orchestra London and Ottawa Symphony Orchestra.
Trudel is committed to upcoming generations of musicians and was the Principal Youth and Family conductor with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. He was also the conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.
He is also one of the world’s most respected and renowned trombonists. Trudel made his solo debut at the age of 18 with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit and has continued to grace the world’s stages for nearly 30 years. In 2018, he was awarded the prestigious International Trombone Association Award for his outstanding contribution. His recordings on Naxos, Atma and other labels have received multiple prizes.
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As a composer, Trudel has been commissioned by the CBC, the National Arts Centre, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Bellows and Brass, among others.
He has served on the faculties of University of Ottawa and Western University and was trombone and chamber music teacher at Le Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal. He has given masterclasses at numerous music festivals and schools including the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Hochshule Köln, Hamamatsu Festival, Graz akademie, Italian Brass Week and the University of Hong Kong.
Trudel is the recipient of numerous awards and honours, among them a Knighthood of the province of Québec (Chevalier de L’ordre), the Virginia Parker Prize, Jubilee medal from the Queen of England, the Heinz Unger Prize, the Mildred Dixon Holmes Award. He has been named an Ambassador of Canadian Music by the Canadian Music Centre.
The uniquely designed Alain Trudel mouthpiece is sold by Yamaha around the world. He has been a Yamaha artist for 30 years and makes his home in Montréal.