A cornerstone of Montréal’s music scene for over forty years, Arion Baroque Orchestra is a pioneer in Quebec and Canada in the world of early music on period instruments. Under the artistic direction of conductor and bassoonist Mathieu Lussier since 2019, Arion presents a series of concerts featuring internationally renowned guest conductors and soloists.
Founded in Montréal in 1981 by Claire Guimond, Chantal Rémillard, Betsy MacMillan, and Hank Knox, Arion has performed in Quebec, Canada, the United States, Mexico, Asia, and Europe. The clarity and freshness of Arion’s interpretations of baroque and classical works are supported by a discography of more than thirty titles, have received numerous awards, and widespread critical acclaim.
Committed to the creation and dissemination of youth and educational projects, and a partner of renowned institutions such as the Université de Montréal, McGill University, the Arte Musica Foundation, the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles, and the SAMS, Arion is a unique and vital contributor to the Canadian musical scene.