A digital renaissance

2020 Season

Music first and foremost! The Orchestre de la francophonie is pursuing its mission to provide high-level coaching to young classical music professionals by adapting to the reality of COVID 19. The academy is launching a digital transformation initiative to deliver its 2020 season: online face-to-face or group training sessions, recitals for the public, masterclasses and online conferences are all on the program for summer 2020.

Woodwinds masterclass with Christopher Millard

2020 Videos

OF musician recitals, masterclasses by leading pedagogues, special guest presentations, and much more … Find it all here as Orchestre de la francophonie 2020 unfolds over the month of July and early August.

2020 Events calendar


  • Gramophone reviews latest OF recording
    The Orchestre de la Francophonie under Jean-Philippe Tremblay perform it and the overtures more than capably, and with affection. Excellent sound, as usual.
  • An overview of orchestral sound in the 20th century
    Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaer has a double career as an academic (Carleton University 1970-2011 and the University of Waterloo since 2011) and as a music critic and writer (Le Matin 1962-1968 ; Le Droit 1972- 2015). He has recorded as yet more than 80 podcasts for the NAC. He has written more than 3500 articles on music at concerts and about 80 academic articles.
  • Jeff Nelsen presents “Fearless”
    Professor, Life coach, Horn player Jeff Nelsen is a Canadian horn player and is Professor of Horn at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. Probably best known for the eight years he spent touring and recording with Canadian Brass, Jeff has also performed concerti and chamber music on six continents, and in the horn sections of dozens of orchestras.
  • On technology, distance education and music
    In this first edition of our new 2020 season video series, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to a great friend and contributor to the OF program. He’s one of the foremost music teachers I know, and he has been the director of pedagogy at OF from its inception: Douglas “Pace” Sturdevant.
  • OF recording now available to stream online
    In early June 2020, the Orchestre de la Francophonie will present its most recent recording, completed at the end of the 2019 Academy. Recorded in Oscar Peterson Concert Hall in Montreal, between August 5 and 8, 2019, the album of orchestral pieces by Airat Ichmouratov has made Jean-Philippe Tremblay brim with pride.

Léo Laniece (Université McGill) avec Joel Quarrington (OCNA) // Léo Laniece (McGill University) with Joel Quarrington (NACO)

Ensemble à vents de l’Orchestre de la francophonie 2020: Projet numérique, Serenade de Dvořàk

Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer posant une question pendant son séminaire sur l’enregistrement orchestral du 20ième siècle // Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer asking a question during his seminar on orchestral recording of the 20th century

Aiden Russell (Peabody Institute of Music) avec Anthony Elliott (Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra) //Aiden Russell (Peabody Institute of Music) with Anthony Elliott (Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra)

Aiden Russell (Peabody Institute of Music) avec ses élèves de l’OJNB // Aiden Russell (Peabody Institute of Music) with his students from the NBYO

Luca Ortolani (hautbois, UdeToronto) avec ses élèves de l’OJNB // Luca Ortolani (oboe, UofToronto) with his students from the NBYO

Jean-Philippe Tremblay (chef d’orchestre de l’Orchestre de la Francophonie) avec Emmanuelle Lambert Lemoine (Cheffe assistante) // Jean-Philippe Tremblay (principle conductor of the Orchestre de la francophonie) with Emmanuelle Lambert Lemoine (assistant conductor)