Simon Rivard

RBC Resident Conductor and TSYO Conductor

Simon Rivard

Simon Rivard has been serving as RBC Resident Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra since 2018. He has recently been named a 2019/20 Equilibrium Young Artist as part of Canadian soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan’s internationally acclaimed mentorship program for early career professional musicians.

At the TSO, Simon Rivard is mentored by the Interim Music Director, Sir Andrew Davis. In addition to leading school and family concerts as well as special events, he has been assisting world-class conductors such as Gustavo Gimeno, Donald Runnicles, Barbara Hannigan, Ludovic Morlot, John Storgårds, and Thomas Dausgaard. In 2019, he made a successful début with Symphony Nova Scotia (Halifax, Canada) and Finnish violinist Elina Vähälä.

In 2018, Rivard was invited to participate in the first Conducting Mentorship Program at the Verbier Festival Academy (Switzerland). In addition to being mentored by Valery Gergiev, he acted as assistant conductor to Sir Simon Rattle, Gianandrea Noseda, Marc Minkowski, and Gábor Tákacs-Nagy. At the conclusion of the Verbier Festival, he was awarded a Special Prize, to help him pursue his mentorship with Gergiev and Noseda.

In 2017/18, Rivard served as resident conductor of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (Ontario, Canada). In 2017, he stepped in for Jean-Philippe Tremblay as music director of the Orchestre de la Francophonie, leading successful performances in Montreal, Quebec City, Domaine Forget, and Ottawa.

Born in Montreal (Quebec), he studied violin performance with Anne Robert and orchestral conducting with Raffi Armenian at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. He completed an MMus in Orchestral Conducting at McGill University under Alexis Hauser and Guillaume Bourgogne.

Current as of February 2020

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