The Classical Music Industry Comes to Montreal

IAMA logoThe classical music international conference IAMA Montreal 2013 will be held from November 6 to 9 in Quebec’s bustling metropolis. The International Artist Managers’ Association (IAMA), renowned for its conference held annually in Europe, is branching out to North America for its first-ever large-scale networking event this side of the pond, organized in collaboration with CINARS (International Exchange for the Performing Arts) and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM).

IAMA Montreal 2013 aims at redefining and enhancing the profile of classical music in North America, while creating business, partnership and co-production opportunities. Under the banner Dynamics of Discovery, close to 300 classical music professionals, hailing from more than twenty countries, will assemble to take part in panels, concerts, tours and networking activities.

The event will kick off on November 6th with the Ice Breaker cocktail presented in collaboration with the British Council. The cocktail will be followed by a concert by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM), conducted by Maestro Kent Nagano, presenting Schubert’s Rosamunde with the OSM Chamber Choir at the Maison Symphonique. Maestro Nagano, Music Director of the OSM, will also be featured in a presentation called Connecting in a New World during the event.

On the program

The conference will offer several panels which will focus on the changes that are currently taking place in the world of music: the effects of globalization and new technologies on the creation and the promotion of music, the emergence of specialized media providing a counterpoint to the decline of traditional media, as well as the visual enhancement of music, which is occurring with increased frequency. Several professionals from here and abroad will debate these hot topics, including Marc A. Scorca, President and CEO, OPERA America; Romana Jaroff, Senior Vice-President, IMG Artists/Carnegie Hall Tower; Huang Ruo, Composer and Conductor; Lawrence Cherney, Artistic Director, Soundstreams; Jing Zhu, Deputy General Manager, Beijing Forbidden City Theatre; John Terauds, Journalist,; Daniel Hathaway, Founder,; Edouard Getaz, Producer and General Manager, Giants are Small; Véronique Lacroix, Artistic Director, Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (ECM+); and many more.

As well, the delegates will have the opportunity to visit several of the institutions responsible for Montreal’s international reputation as a cultural hub: the Maison Symphonique, the Salle Bourgie at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and McGill University’s Schulich School of Music. Finally, on top of a selection of concerts offered in the evenings in various venues around town, there will be showcases for Young Artists and Canadian Composers, which will spotlight Belgian violinist Marc Bouchkov and the Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov, as well as on the works of Philippe Leroux, Ana Sokolović, Marie Pelletier and Alice Ping Yee Ho, performed by Ensemble Transmission and Janice Jackson.

This conference was made possible thanks to the support of our institutional partners: Heritage Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications, the Ministère des Relations Internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieur and the Secrétariat de la région métropolitaine of the Quebec government, the SODEC (Société de développement des entreprises culturelles), the Ville de Montreal and the Conseil des Arts de Montréal.

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