About Us

Since its inception in 1981, the Kanata Symphony has succeeded in providing the community with a rich heritage of orchestral concerts and opportunities. 


The Kanata Symphony concert season consists of three concerts which are usually held in November, February and May.   Holiday concerts, benefit concerts and special events may be included.   With an emphasis on classical repertoire, a KSO concert provides the audience with a performance that is entertaining, enlightening and educational.  KSO concerts have featured soloists such as Opera singers, professional musicians, young aspiring musicians, and instrumentalists not typical of classical music.   The main idea is to share our musical achievements, education and enthusiasm with the community in an accessible manner. 


Comprised of musicians from all professions, the KSO membership thrives on the comradery of pursuing musical excellence in a safe, respectful and inclusive environment.   Our members are from all ages and walks of life, from high school students to experienced amateurs to professional musicians. 

Charitable Status of KSO

The principal purpose of the Kanata Music Association and it's Performing Groups is the fostering, facilitation and performance of musical endeavors by and for members of the Kanata community of the City of Ottawa, Ontario. For this purpose, its tasks are in particular: a. to encourage individual and collective achievement in all aspects of musical endeavour; b. to foster and facilitate the formation of musical groups, with a view to performance of music in the community; each group operating under the umbrella of the KMA will be referred to as a Performing Group in this document. c. to provide for collaboration and cooperation among individuals and groups described above, under the framework of a single, charitable, non-profit organization; d. to use all means at its disposal to foster and improve community spirit in the Kanata community in the City of Ottawa through such activities as benefits, concerts, and performances at community functions. 


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Music Director: Yves Lacoursière

Well known and appreciated at first as a saxophonist, Yves has become a highly respected professor of music, a multi-instrumentalist, and a conductor.

He started his musical training at an early age during his stay in Peru with his family. Not only did he learn Spanish but he also developed a taste for the South American culture. Upon returning to Canada, he discovered the world of jazz and musical improvisation. In 1991, the Gatineau Conservatory recognized his talent and he was accepted in Noël Samyn’s saxophone class. During his studies, Yves participated on various competitions collecting prizes and grants, at the Canada Music Competitions. In 1999, he was honored to receive the prestigious « Prix en saxophone » from the Gatineau’s Conservatory. He then decided to pursue his musical training which led him to complete a Master's degree at Université de Montréal in orchestral conducting.

Yves has been conducting the Kanata Symphony Orchestra since 2004. He continues to perform very actively as a saxophonist and as the vocal and musical director of « Le Chœur de l’île », regional choir.

Concertmaster: Anna Klochkova

Anna holds a Master's of Music degree Glinka State Conservatory in Russia. She performed with the Nizhny Novgorod State Philharmonic Orchestra for several years as a first violinist and played with other orchestras which toured France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, and Scandinavia. She also taught violin to secondary school students.

​Among the highlights of her artistic career are performances with M. Rostropovich and Y. Bashmet.

​In Canada, Anna continues teaching at music schools, giving private lessons, and performing with the Pembroke Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Toronto, the Oshawa Symphony, the Brampton Symphony and the Kanata Symphony Orchestra among others.