Simon Rivard has been serving as Resident Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra since 2018. He has recently been named Associate Conductor of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the largest choral organization in Canada. Since 2019, he has been an Equilibrium Young Artist, as part of Canadian soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan’s internationally acclaimed mentorship program for early-career professional musicians.
Rivard served as Resident Conductor of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (Ontario, Canada) in 2017-2018. In 2019, he made a successful debut with Symphony Nova Scotia (Halifax, Canada). In 2018, Rivard was invited to participate in the first Conducting Mentorship Program at the Verbier Festival Academy (Switzerland). In addition to being mentored by Valery Gergiev, he acted as assistant conductor to Sir Simon Rattle, Gianandrea Noseda, Marc Minkowski and Gábor Takács-Nagy. He was awarded a Special Prize, to help him pursue his mentorship with maestros Gergiev and Noseda.