Our Conductors

Pierre Simard, Artistic Director

Pierre Simard headshot Acclaimed in Canada and internationally, Pierre SIMARD is a prominent
conductor, composer and arranger, with a worldwide career over two
decades. Artistic and Music Director with the Vancouver Island Symphony
and formerly Associate and Resident Conductor with the Calgary
Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, his
artistry is versatile, compelling and nuanced, performing every masterwork
with remarkable musicianship.

A guest conductor with major symphonies and ensembles, Pierre Simard is namely invited with orchestras in Canada (Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Victoria, Québec, Trois-Riviéres, Hamilton, etc.) and elsewhere (Milwaukee, Tucson, Santa Cruz, Hot Springs, as well as in France, Belgium, and Ukraine).

Pierre Simard was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts' Jean-Marie Beaudet Award, two Opus Prizes from Québec's Music Council and grants from Québec's Arts Council. He is a Master's Degree graduate from both the Peabody Institute (Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore) and the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal.

His dedication towards younger audience members enabled him to create original symphony shows featured all across North America. He also guest conducts with artists such as Colin James, Ian Tyson, Chantal Kreviazuk, Natalie MacMaster, Nikki Yanofsky, the Tenors and Chris Botti. His warm personality on and off stage combined with his unwavering commitment to music performance have drawn concertgoers of all generations to celebrate a large and diversified repertoire.

Discover more about Pierre on his official website: www.pierresimard.info