Knight of the National Order of Québec
Conductor Jacques Lacombe will be knighted by the National Order of Québec. Music Director of both the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Lacombe continues his brilliant career both in Québec and abroad, leading him to perform in the most prestigious venues, from Carnegie Hall in New York, Covent Garden in London to the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.
“L’Ordre national” is the highest honor Québec’s government can bestow and is reserved for exceptional individuals who have distinguished themselves in their field. The decorations will be awarded at a ceremony on June 7, 2012 in Québec City.
Born in Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Québec, Jacques Lacombe has conquered the international scene thanks to his remarkable versatility and ability to communicate the spirit of works allowing him to excel in symphonic, opera and ballet repertoire.
Artistic Director of the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières since 2006, Maestro Lacombe is the first Québecois conductor to become the music director of an American orchestra: the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He previously served as principal guest conductor of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, musical and artistic director of the Philharmonie de Lorraine, assistant conductor to Charles Dutoit with the OSM and conductor and music director of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens.
Invited by many orchestras and opera houses of prestige, Maestro Lacombe has also performed at Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Covent Garden, Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Bavarian State Opera. He has had the opportunity to work with many renowned artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Yefim Bronfman, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Lang Lang, Andre Watts, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, Renee Fleming, Angela Gheorghiu, Frederica Von Stade, Roberto Alagna and Bryn Terfel.