But seriously, folks, it’s nice to see the Times credit the musical culture Nézet-Séguin emerged from – Quebec and, more specifically, Montreal – for the training and development he received in his formative years. It’s a refreshing change from the “miraculously springing from nowhere” narrative that sometimes attaches itself to Canadian musicians when they make a splash in other countries.
By the way, during the interview for my article, YNS told me that he was the first Canadian ever to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic. This came as a surprise to me – but I can’t think of anyone else who might have beat him to that trophy. Any suggestions?
© Colin Eatock 2013