Bernard Labadie, Founding Conductor


Bernard Labadie is an internationally recognized expert on 17th and 18th century repertoire and founded Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec in 1984 and 1985 respectively. He continues to direct their regular seasons in Quebec City and Montreal and throughout the Americas and Europe on tour. He has made twenty recordings with the ensembles on the Virgin Classics, Dorian, Atma, Hyperion, Naïve, and Erato labels.

His services as guest conductor are much sought after, and he regularly accepts engagements with major North American orchestras including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Saint Louis, Houston and Toronto Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In Europe, he has taken the podium with Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio-France, and the orchestra of Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu. He is regularly invited to conduct the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Australia.

Increasingly in demand among period-instrument orchestras, he regularly directs the Academy of Ancient Music and has worked with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the English Concert, and Collegium Vocale Gent Orchestra.

As a leading ambassador for music in his native city of Quebec, Bernard Labadie was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2005 and a knight of Ordre national du Québec in 2006. In 2008, he received the Banff Centre’s National Arts Award for his contribution to the development of the arts in Canada, as well as an honorary doctorate from Laval University. In 2016, Bernard Labadie received the Samuel de Champlain award in Paris and a distinction from Compagnon des arts et des lettres du Québec for his contribution to the arts in Québec society.


Bernard Labadie, together with French pianist Alexandre Tharaud, was awarded the Prix Samuel de Champlain in Paris on January 8, 2016. The award is made each year by the France–Canada Institute, the Canadian section of France–Amériques, to two personalities—one Canadian and one French— in recognition of their efforts to share their respective cultures with audiences in France and Canada.

Compagnon des arts et des lettres du Québec by Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for his outstanding contributions to the arts in Quebec society. (June 13, 2016)

Le Soleil–Radio-Canada Grand Lauréat for 2009.

Fondation de l'OSQ Award attributed by Les Prix d'excellence des arts et de la culture. (November 25, 2009)

Banff Centre’s National Arts Award. (May 31, 2008)

Honorary Doctorate in music from Université Laval in Québec City. (June 15, 2008)

Académie des Grands Québécois 2007, a title awarded by the Québec City Chamber of Commerce to outstanding Quebecers for their contribution to the development of society. (January 29, 2007)

Special Opus Award as Artistic Director. Opus are awarded by Le Conseil québécois de la musique. (January 22, 2006)

Personality of the week in La Presse. (January 29, 2006)

La Gloire de l’Escolle medal by Laval University. (May 9, 2006)

Knight of the Ordre national du Québec (June 1st, 2006)

Officer of the Order of Canada

Opus 2001-2002 from listeners of Radio-Canada’s Chaîne culturelle

Opus 2000-2001 from listeners of Radio-Canada’s Chaîne culturelle

Two awards within the gala of "Prix d'excellence de la culture 1998" : for his international influence by Le Conseil de la Culture de la région de Québec, and a prize from l'Institut Canadien de Québec.

Raymond Blais Medal by the Laval University Graduates' Association to mark the young conductor's achievements