Marco Parisotto

Music Director since 2014


“Marco Parisotto steps onto the podium [Montreal Symphony Orchestra] and the enchantment commences…In Francesca da Rimini [Tchaikovsky] his formidable musical power radiated...What a performance! Better yet, this is the signature of an artist who stands among the greatest.” (Le Devoir)


Marco Parisotto was born in Montreal of Italian lineage. He is presently embarking on a new chapter as the recently elected Music Director of the Jalisco Philharmonic in Mexico. A frequent guest with orchestras around the globe, he is one of Canada´s foremost and distinguished conductors on the international scene. He has appeared in major concert halls throughout the world, conducting many leading orchestras including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia of London, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano “La Verdi, New Jersey Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Edmonton Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa, Quebec Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Osaka Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Japan Shinsei Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, Opera Giuseppe Verdi di Trieste, Belgrade Philharmonic, Georges Enescu Philharmonic, Janacek Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Opéra de Bordeaux, Opéra de Marseille, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and Philharmonique de Liège.

He was received with great enthusiasm at the international Festivals of Evian, Menton, Besançon and at the Skaneateles Festival New York; at the Montreal Opera and Shanghai Opera; in Mexico with the Filarmonica de Jalisco, Mexico City Philharmonic, Orquesta Filarmonica de la UNAM, Sinfonica Carlos Chavez, Camara de Bellas Artes, in China with the Shanghai Symphony and the China National Symphony.

He has also led to acclaim the Polish National Radio Symphony, Monte-Carlo Philharmonic, Orchestra Nazionale della RAI of Torino, Orquesta de Cordoba, Orquesta de Baja California, Orchestre de Bayonne Cote-Basque and the Serbian National Theatre. At Théâtre des Champs Élysées in 2011 Marco Parisotto had the honour of conducting the 130th anniversary concert of Paris’ oldest and distinguished orchestra, the Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux. Some recent plans include the Wieniawski International Music Festival (Poland), the Busan Philharmonic (Korea) and the Gui Yang Symphony (China) as well as return engagements with the Jalisco Philharmonic and La Verdi of Milan.

Marco Parisotto has won critical and public praise for his interpretations of such Russian masters as Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, and of the great German repertoire such as Strauss, Bruckner, Mahler, Wagner; and of Italian opera. Acclaimed for his passionate performances in the operatic field he has led productions of Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana, Otello, Tosca, La Boheme, Aida, Rigoletto and Don Giovanni. 

Marco Parisotto is the winner of seven major international competitions. He crowned these achievements in 1997 with the ‘Besançon International Competition for Conductors’, joining the ranks of maestros like Seiji Ozawa, Michel Plasson or Zdenek Macal. A first in this elite events history, he was awarded the Grand Prix as well as the Prix du Public. Other top prizes have included the Tokyo International Conductors Competition in Japan, Constantin Silvestri Competition in Romania and the Antonio Pedrotti in Italy. He was moreover conferred with all other special awards at these events.

Following a special concert celebrating Canada-China relations in 1999 at the Grand Theatre in Shanghai, Marco Parisotto was appointed Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, a position he held until 2003. As such, he was the first foreign national to have held this position in the history of the People’s Republic of China. He has been Music Director of the Ontario Philharmonic since 1996 and is credited with building this orchestra to the high standard it enjoys today. By unanimous decision, he has recently been named Music Director of the Jalisco Philharmonic in Mexico, starting his tenure as of January 2014.

He took his training both as a violinist and pianist and studied conducting with eminent maestros including Leonard Bernstein, Carlo Maria Giulini, Leonard Slatkin, Charles Brück, Yuri Temirkanov, Georg Tintner and, initially, with Raffi Armenian at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec in Montreal. As well, he studied under Swiss conductor and composer Michel Tabachnik whose assistant he became in his early career.

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