Bernard Labadie has established himself worldwide as one of the leading conductors of the baroque and classical repertoire, a reputation that is closely tied with the chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy and chamber choir La Chapelle de Québec, both of which he founded and leads as music director. With those ensembles Mr. Labadie regularly tours Canada, the United States, and Europe, appearing in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Barbican, and the Concertgebouw, and at festivals like the Salzburg Festival, among others.
Passionate about opera, Mr. Labadie has served as artistic director of L’Opéra de Québec and L’Opéra de Montréal. As a guest conductor he has led performances of Handel’s Orlando with Glimmerglass Opera and of Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Mostly Mozart Festival, Lucio Silla at The Santa Fe Opera, and The Magic Flute at The Metropolitan Opera and Cincinnati Opera. Since debuting with the Minnesota Orchestra in 1999, Mr. Labadie has been a regular guest conductor for the major North American orchestras.
In the 2012–13 season Mr. Labadie’s engagements include the New York Philharmonic; Brussels Philharmonic; Handel and Haydn Society; Academy of Ancient Music; WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne; Swedish Chamber Orchestra; Northern Sinfonia; and BBC Scottish, Hamburg, Melbourne, St. Louis, San Francisco, and Toronto symphony orchestras. During the previous season he made his debut at the Tanglewood Music Festival and made return appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Chicago, New World, Utah, and Vancouver symphony orchestras. Other recent highlights include performances with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra of the Collegium Vocale Gent, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, NDR Radio Philharmonic Hanover, and Melbourne ABC Orchestra.
Mr. Labadie’s extensive discography includes recordings on the Dorian, ATMA, and Virgin Classics labels, such as Handel’s Apollo e Dafne with Les Violons du Roy and Mozart’s Requiem with Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec; both of those recordings received Canada’s Juno Award. In 2011 Mr. Labadie and Les Violons du Roy released a complete recording of C. P. E. Bach’s cello concertos with Truls Mørk and a recording of J. S. Bach piano concertos with Alexandre Tharaud.
In 2005 Bernard Labadie was named Officer of the Order of Canada by the Canadian government, and in 2006 Quebec made him a Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec.