Les Violons du Roy have announced today that Jonathan Cohen will be the orchestra’s new Music Director from the 2018/19 season. He will assume the title of Music Director Designate from February 2017, with two concerts at Palais Montcalm, Quebec on 23 February. Jonathan takes over from Bernard Labadie who founded the orchestra in 1984.
Jonathan said of his appointment, “I am honored and delighted to accept the position of music director of Les Violons du Roy. The orchestra is a remarkable ensemble that I feel close to musically and that I admire for its consistent quality of the highest order. I also love its commitment and its unique spirit of taking pleasure in making music.
“I’d like to express my gratitude and admiration for Bernard Labadie’s outstanding work with the orchestra. I can’t wait to experience the same stimulating partnership with these great musicians, both in Quebec City and around the world, and to work with the management and board of directors of Les Violons du Roy. I look forward to performing again for Quebec City audiences on my next visit to Palais Montcalm in February.”
Jonathan will remain Associate Conductor of Les Arts Florissants, Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Artistic Director of Tetbury Festival and Artistic Director of Arcangelo.
Read the full press release here and the announcement on Les Violons du Roy’s website here.