Alain Trudel


Six time Juno nominated and Emmy nominated, Music Director of the Toledo Symphony (USA), the National Academy Orchestra and the Brott music Festival (CAN) Alain Trudel has been praised for his “immense talent as conductor, musician and performer” (La Presse).

From 2006 to 2022 he was music director of l’Orchestre symphonique de Laval, taking the organization to new artistic heights and financial stability, “Every so often a perfect listening trance can befall one" (Fanfare Magazine).

He has been a regular guest with the Opera de Montréal where he conducted, to great acclaim, the world premiere of the operatic version of “The Wall”. “The entire audience was on its feet for another standing ovation, with concertgoers shouting wow and bravo" (Rolling Stone Magazine) “The Wall Triumphs in Montréal” (Le Figaro, Paris). Trudel also lead the american premiere at the Cincinnati Opera.

Trudel has also served as principal guest conductor of the Victoria Symphony, musical adviser of the Manitoba chamber orchestra, principal conductor of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and music director of Orchestra London. Trudel was also conductor of the CBC Radio Orchestra, taking the orchestra to new heights of artistic quality, as well as public and critical acclaim “… conductor Alain Trudel is probably the best thing that's ever happened to the (CBC Radio) orchestra. Vancouver Sun

Trudel has conducted every major orchestra in Canada as well as orchestras in the UK, USA, Sweden, Brazil, Italy, Russia, Japan, Hong-Kong, Malaysia and Latin America.

Always committed to upcoming generations of musicians, Trudel was the Principal Youth and Familly conductor with the National Art Center Orchestra, the conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2004 to 2012 and has regularly been invited to conduct the tours and recordings of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. Their recordings togethers have been nominated for two Junos.

A long-time pedagogue and mentor, Trudel has been instrumental in teaching and guiding new generations of musicians for more than 25 years. He served on the faculty of the universities of Ottawa and Western, both as conductor of the opera and of the orchestra as well as teaching post-graduate analysis and performance courses.

Trudel also was for many years 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.

His highly selling recordings on Naxos, Atma and other labels have received multiple prizes and rave reviews: 5 stars from BBC magazine, Choc de l’année from Le monde de la musique, Grand prix de l’académie Charles Cros, Opus Prize, as well as the New York Times and the American Music Guide.

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. In 2006 he was named an Ambassador of Canadian Music by the Canadian Music Center.

Hailed as “the Jascha Heifetz of the trombone” (Le monde de la musique) Alain Trudel is also one of the world’s most respected and renowned trombonists. Trudel made his solo debut at the age of 18 with Charles Dutoit and l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal and has continued to grace the world’s stages for nearly 30 years, including appearances with l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, the Hong-Kong Philharmonic, the Austrian Radio Orchestra, Carnegie-Weill Recital Hall (NY), Dresdner Neueu Musik Tage (Germany),Tasmania New Music Festival (Australia), Festival Musica Strasbourg (France), Klangbogen Festival (Vienna), Akiyoshidai and Hamamatsu festival (Japan). in 2018 he was awarded the prestigious International Trombone Association Award for his outstanding contribution.

A Yamaha artist for the last three decades the company has internationally distributed the Alain Trudel mouthpiece designed with his specifications.

Trudel is also an accomplished composer with commissions and premieres across America and Asia.