PRESS RELEASE – GUELPH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA- Immediate release            
Guelph Symphony Names New Conductor

After an intensive, multi-year search, the Guelph Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce that Adam Johnson has been chosen as the GSO’s new Music Director.

Award-winning conductor Adam Johnson has been hailed as “an exciting talent” and for his “charismatic and commanding presence” on the podium. He completed his tenure as assistant conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (OSM) in 2018, and was named conductor-in-residence for the 2018-2019 season. He has conducted over 70 concerts with the OSM and is frequently reengaged as a guest conductor.

Internationally, Adam Johnson has conducted at the Opéra National de Paris as well as in Spain, Germany and the United States. Prior to his tenure in Montreal, Mr. Johnson worked for three seasons with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and continues to regularly guest conduct orchestras across Canada. He has also just been appointed as the Music Director of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra.

“I am delighted that we are making this announcement today. Our search process has been incredibly thorough and inclusive, with feedback from musicians, board members, patrons, and audience members. Adam is a remarkable artist and skilled leader. He so impressed us with his musicality, passion, care, and energy, both on and off the podium. We are thrilled to welcome Adam to the Guelph Symphony Orchestra and look forward to reaching new levels of excellence while further connecting with our community.” 

                                       Catherine Molina, General Manager

“It’s a privilege and honor to be chosen to lead the Guelph Symphony Orchestra into this next chapter, and I’m looking forward to exciting and meaningful music making together. From my first concert with the musicians of the GSO, I saw a deep dedication to creating a truly special experience for the audience, and I’m happy to be able to build on what we’ve started. The mark of any great city is the vibrancy of its cultural scene, and our aim is to continue to expand the presence and impact of the orchestra for the people of Guelph so everyone can benefit from the powerful richness and beauty of great orchestral music. Come join us!”

                                   Adam Johnson

Maestro Johnson will make his debut as Music Director to open GSO’s new season on October 21, 2023 at River Run Centre. Tickets for the 2023-24 season will go on sale at noon on August 22, through the River Run Box Office.