Kent Nagano

Montreal Symphony


He is considered reserved and does not push himself into the centre of attention - but the documentary KENT NAGANO - MONTREAL SYMPHONY puts him exactly there. Documentary filmmaker Bettina Ehrhardt accompanies Kent Nagano and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) for a year - from northern Canada to Paris - and observes how the traditional French-Canadian orchestra discovers a new way of making music. 

Kent Nagano, who is a director of both the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, takes unusual paths to find his audience: The musicians play in schools, in Montreal's hockey stadium and in Inuit villages in Canada's far north. Rehearsal and concert recordings of symphonic works by Bruckner, Mahler and Debussy show how Kent Nagano creates music. The film paints an impressive portrait of a great contemporary conductor. 


Kent Nagano
Orchestre de L'Université de Montreal
Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal
The Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal
Orchestra of McGill Conversatory
René Homier-Roy
Pascal Pons
Véronique Mayrand
Klaus Florian Vogt
Madeleine Careau
Tom Weetaaluktuk
Dale Blondin
Daniel Germain
Linda Arngak
Douglas Barnes
Michael Zaugg
Catherine Perrin
Valérie Hartmann-Claverie
Marc Barrard (Saint François)
Aline Kutan (The Angel)
Evie Mark
Rumi Ogawa
Tagralik Partridge
Vladek Stakhov
Christian Gerhaher
Cassandra Robillard
Alexina Louie
David Robert Coleman
Paul Fortin
Simon Leclerc
Michel Léonard
Marc Laurendeau
Kevin Neuhoff
Dominique Kim
Chris Merritt (The Leper)