“A fine instinctive musician. He moulds the phrases, plucks out all-important details in the texture and radiates an infectious joy in the music.”
The Telegraph, Les Violons du Roy, Barbican Centre, London
A specialist in Baroque and Classical repertoire, Bernard Labadie is Music Director of Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec, founded by him in 1984 and 1985 respectively, with whom he regularly tours Canada, the U.S. and Europe. They are frequent guests at the major venues and festivals and recent appearances have included the Salzburg Festival, New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Kennedy Center in Washington, London’s Barbican Centre, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Philharmonie in Berlin.
Labadie is a regular guest with all the major North American orchestras. He appears frequently with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, St. Louis, Houston, Atlanta, Detroit, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, the New World Symphony in Miami, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
He is enjoying more and more renown in Europe and has made excellent debuts with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra in Munich, the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Orchèstre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He will soon make his debuts with the Swedish Radio Orchestra, Finnish Radio Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, and Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, and will return to Munich, Paris and Glasgow and to the Melbourne Symphony and Malaysian Philharmonic, the NDR Orchestra Hannover, the English Concert and to the Northern Sinfonia and Academy of Ancient Music where he is a regular guest.
A highly experienced opera conductor, Labadie was Artistic and Music Director of L’Opéra de Québec (1994-2003) and L’Opéra de Montréal (2002-2006). Guest engagements have included ‘Così fan tutte’ at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, ‘Orlando’ for Glimmerglass Opera, ‘Lucio Silla’ for the Santa Fe Opera, ‘Die Entführung’ on tour with the OAE and ‘Die Zauberflöte’ for the Metropolitan Opera, New York and for Cincinnati Opera. Last season he returned to Cincinnati for ‘Don Giovanni’.
His honours include "Officer of the Order of Canada" awarded by the Canadian Government and "Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Québec".