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