Julian Kuerti

Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestre Métropolitain


Quickly establishing himself as a significant interpreter of orchestral and operatic music, Canadian conductor Julian Kuerti has combined a confident style, artistic integrity and passion for collaboration to position himself at the forefront of the international music scene.

Having been Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montreal from 2013-16, and the 2012-14 Principal Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica Universidad de Concepción in Chile, Kuerti has made a reputation for himself both in the Americas and abroad.

In Montreal, Kuerti has lead numerous subscription concerts including performances of Schubert’s “Great” Symphony and an all-Pelleas & Melisande program (Faure/Sibelius/Schoenberg) at the Maison Symphonique de Montréal.  In Chile, he conducted a wide variety of programmes, including staged operas, which have included Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Verdi’s La Traviata, and Bizet’s Carmen, as well as various symphonic programs including a Beethoven marathon, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Verdi’s Grand Messa di Requiem.

In Europe, Kuerti’s guest engagements have brought him on numerous occasions to the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and Stavanger Symphony of Norway. He has also enjoyed concerts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Het Gelders Orchestra, Fundacion Excelentia in Madrid, Opera Toulon Provence Mediterranée, Bournemouth Symphony, RTE National Orchestra of Dublin, The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, Monte Carlo Philharmonic and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.

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“From the downbeat, one was immediately struck by Kuerti’s natural, genuine musicianship that encouraged musicality as well as precision from his players … the orchestra was in very good hands.”

Janelle Gelfand

Cincinnati Enquirer

“Under the baton of Julian Kuerti, the orchestra produced a stirring finale which had the audience…stamping their feet in appreciation.”

John Keenan

The Argus

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“Under the baton of Julian Kovatchev the performance of the Orchestra of the Sächsischen Staatskapelle Dresden was pure fascination ( as it was on 5/11/2013 ). From the first note to the last , the Orchestra not only acted as a solid base for the singers, but it also worked in binding the various vocal individual elements together into a larger totality, thus achieving a marvellous overall effect. Like the famous red thread that never breaks , the wonderful sound of the Orchestra moved through the entire evening. It was present at every stage, but without restricting the singers either by volume or by pushing in the foreground. On the contrary, Kovatchev often let the musicians hold back in order to give “priority” to the actors onstage and let the less powerful voices develop as well .”

Ingrid Gerk, Der Neue Merker

“But the very best was the Staatskapelle Dresden. They played great under the conduction of Julian Kovatchev from the first to the last note with great skill and dedication, and hit the nerve of action and music. It was the unifying element and secure foundation that carried the singers. It was a rare, blissful harmony between singers and orchestra. A wonderfully delicate violin underlined in a touching way the tragic ending in the final act, both shocking and comforting at the same time. The fact that the enthusiastic applause only began after a long affected silence was probably the best compliment for this and a proof that the operas of past centuries can still be emotionally touching when they are sung and played accordingly, without having to be forcibly dragged into the present. It was again “grand opera”, at last. Something that, unfortunately, had often been missing in recent years.”

Ingrid Gerk, Der Neue Merker

“Conductor Julian Kovatchev evokes hectic chaos that sounds spontaneous but flows with the precision required to allow all the singers to be heard amid the subplots and choral punctuations. Every melodic line is sweetly, effortlessly delivered as the tale thickens.”

John Keillor, National Post

“[…] the tireless conductor Julian Kovatchev […] produced a firm orchestral base with intelligent dramatic phrasing. We were able to enjoy the full richness of Verdi’s score in an acoustic that encourages careful listening but is nevertheless generous in its clarity.”

James Imam, Bachtrak