The Orchestre symphonique de l’Isle is a Montreal-based ensemble comprised of about fifty semi-professional musicians from a wide range of backgrounds. This year the OSI is celebrating its 18th anniversary. Founded in 2001 by Dominique Piotte, the Orchestra has been conducted by Stewart Grant (2001-2002), Daniel Myssyk (2002-2004), and most recently Cristian Gort (2004-2019). In 2019-2020, the OSI will be conducted by Claudine Gamache (fall 2019), Hubert Tanguay-Labrosse (winter 2020) and Melissa Biroun (spring 2020).
Over the past 18 years, the OSI has made a name for itself as an outstanding Canadian community orchestra by proposing vibrant programs and performing three to four concerts per year. By developing projects and collaborations with many organisations – among others, Festivalissimo “passion en rouge et noir” concerts and Suzuki Musique Montréal bi-annual competition, featuring talented young soloists – and maintaining partnerships with Concordia University, McGill Conservatory, the Choeur de la Prairie and the Grand Choeur de Montreal; the OSI brings music on new and unconventional settings. The board is comprised of both external members and orchestra musicians, who work non-stop to sustain and further develop the Orchestra. Rehearsals take place in a refreshing atmosphere, where passion and intensity help deliver forthcoming concerts, warmly received by the public.
The OSI aims to enhance the lives of those it serves, to value their commitment and effort, and to provide them with a progressive scope of live symphonic concerts, much to their delight.