Artist-in-Residence of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Samy Moussa, Canadian composer and conductor, was born in Montréal in 1984. Based in Germany for over a decade, he maintains close connections with his North American roots, particularly with l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and l’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec. In Europe, orchestras he has conducted include the Bayerisches Staatsorchester (Haydn’s ​Nelson Mass” at the Opernfestspiele), RSO Wien, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Staatskapelle Halle and Zürcher Kammerorchester in repertoire ranging from the classical period to the 21st Century. His works have been commissioned and performed by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, DSO Berlin, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; conductors who particularly champion his work include Stéphane Denève, Christoph Eschenbach, Hannu Lintu and Kent Nagano. In 2010 he was named as Music Director of Ensemble INDEX in Munich.

Current and upcoming conducting engagements include the Toronto and Vancouver Symphony orchestras, Calgary Opera, Haydn Orchestra (Bolzano) and Les Violons du Roy; whilst his composition diary holds works for the Wiener Philharmoniker and for the Dutch National Opera and Ballet. He was awarded the Villa Massimo Fellowship at the German Academy in Rome (2018 – 19), the Hindemith Prize from the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festspiele (2017), the Composer’s Prize from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation (2013) and is a laureate of the Fondation Banque Populaire Awards (2020).

His music is published by Durand (Universal Music Publishing Classical).

Associated acts


Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Bayerisches Staatsorchester (Bayerischen Staatsoper München)
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Brussels Philharmonic
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Canadian Opera Company
Bilbao Symphony Orchestra
Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Staatskapelle Halle
Cottbus Philharmonic Orchestra
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Ensemble Modern Frankfurt
Ensemble Intercontemporain
Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau
Regensburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra
Avanti! Chamber Orchestra
Orchestre National de Lorraine
CBC Radio Orchestra Vancouver
Orchestre symphonique de Québec
Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
National Youth Orchestra of Canada
Orchestre français des jeunes
Orchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerranée
Orchestre symphonique de Laval
Nouvel Ensemble Moderne
Audi Jugendchorakademie

Ontario Philharmonic
Esprit Orchestra Toronto
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
Orchestre Victor-Hugo Franche-Comté Besançon-Montbéliard
Orchestre symphonique du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean
Orchestre métropolitain
Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra
Zurich Chamber Orchestra
BBC Concert Orchestra