The Orchestre Classique de Montréal (OCM), previously known as the McGill Chamber Orchestra, was founded in 1939 by a talented musical couple: the composer Alexander Brott as the artistic director, principal conductor and Lotte Brott as the general director and principal cellist until 1998.
The OCM quickly became one of Canada’s most established chamber orchestras, touring five continents, recording extensively, and appearing regularly on radio and television.
Now led by Boris Brott O.C., O.Q., one of Canada’s most internationally renowned conductors, the OCM is a vibrant, innovative, and flexible ensemble consisting of the city’s best professional musicians.
The OCM has recorded regularly for commercial labels such as Analekta and CBC Records, and appeared regularly on television. Of particular note, from the 1970’s to the early 90’s, were its annual tours in North and South America as well as Europe, and Asia. In the fall of 2019, on the Analekta label, the OCM issued a recording of new compositions awarded by the Azrieli Music Prizes.
In its 81 years of existence and predating the arts councils, the OCM commissioned and presented more Quebec and Canadian new works than any other orchestra. It has given life to an impressive amount of new repertoire from composers such as Pierre Mercure, Claude Champagne, Jacques Hétu, Jean Vallerand, Alexander Brott, Walter Boudreau, Albert Chamberland, Jean Papineau-Couture, François Morel, Nicole Lizée, Maxime Goulet, André Prévost, Alcides Lanza, Kevork Andonian, Barbara Croall, Larysa Kuzmenko, Carmen Braden, and several others.
In residence at the Salle Pierre-Mercure, the OCM fulfils its mission of celebrating diversity and inclusivity through its program Music for Everyone which enables collaborations with numerous new immigrant communities and Montreal organizations in making OCM’s performances accessible to all.
For over 80 years, the Orchestre classique de Montréal has made high quality musical performances accessible, intimate, and enjoyable to in-person and online audiences in Montréal and beyond. The OCM performs a wonderfully eclectic repertoire of traditional, rare, and contemporary works while celebrating Quebecois, Indigenous, and Canadian music and talent, your orchestra is proud to foster an enriching experience that brings together a diverse audience of all ages and backgrounds.
Beyond just our work in inspiring audiences with the power of music, our impact reaches beyond the concert hall across the entirety of greater Montreal.