Montreal-born conductor Simon Rivard is currently serving his second season as Resident Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. At the TSO, he is mentored by the Interim Music Director, Sir Andrew Davis.
In 2018, he joined the Conducting Mentorship Program at the Verbier Festival Academy (Switzerland), where he had the chance to assist Valery Gergiev, as well as Sir Simon Rattle, Gianandrea Noseda, Marc Minkowski and Gábor Tákacs-Nagy. He was subsequently awarded a Verbier Academy Special Prize to help him pursue his mentorship with Gergiev and Noseda.
In previous seasons, Simon Rivard served as Resident Conductor of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (2017-2018), and as Interim Music Director of the Orchestre de la Francophonie (2017). Originally trained as a violinist, he studied conducting with Raffi Armenian at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and completed his master’s degree at McGill University under Alexis Hauser and Guillaume Bourgogne.