An innovative orchestra with a social mission

Nicolas Ellis has founded the Orchestre Symphonique de l’Agora in 2013. Based in Montreal, the OSA’s mission is to organize benefit concerts for humanitarian organizations. On this page, you will find informations on the various social initiatives Mr. Ellis and his orchestra engage in their community. For more details about the OSA, please visit

A fundraising orchestra

The Orchestre symphonique de l’Agora has distinguished itself by its positioning the classical musician as an actor of social change through an inovative business plan. Since its foundation in 2013, the orchestra has raised over 40 000$ for various Montreal based humanitarian organizations, including environment sensitization, aid to the homeless, help for heavily handicapped children and food banks. To know more about the organizations we have supported, please follow this link towards the orchestra’s website.

orchestre symphonique de l'agora, montréal, Nicolas Ellis

Gathering the best of the best

The OSA unites the talents of outstanding young professional musicians based in Montreal with inspiring and established figures of the Canadian classical music world. Among the artists who have recently collaborated with the orchestra are Martin Chalifour (concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic), Brian Manker (principal cello of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra), Charles Richard-Hamelin (2nd prize, Chopin competition 2015) and Julie Triquet (concertmaster of the Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montréal). 


Listen to a recent performance by the OSA with Andrew Wan, concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, in Mozart’s 3rd violin concerto.

Mozart Violin Concerto no3 in G major K216 mvt 1 - Andrew Wan / Orchestre Symphonique de l'Agora / Nicolas Ellis
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Andrew Wan, concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra

A strong educational mission

In 2015, the orchestra entered into a partnership with the Share the Warmth Foundation’s music program, an organization which offers free music lessons to underprivileged children. The orchestra sends musicians to act as mentors on a monthly basis by teaching and playing in the various concerts presented in the school. In addition, the OSA offers ensemble performances to the children and families participating in the Share the Warmth Foundation’s music program. 


Listen to our performance featuring violinists Kerson Leong and Martin Chalifour (concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic) during the Montreal Bach Festival. The Montreal Bach Festival has been instrumental in promoting the OSA’s educational activities for the past three years.

For more information about Share the Warmth's music program, please click here

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Growth through collaboration

Through its exciting artistic drive, important cultural organizations have collaborated with the OSA. The orchestra has developed projects with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra’s Virée classique, the Opéra de Montréal’s Atelier lyrique and Radio-Canada. For its 2nd collaboration with Radio-Canada in December 2016, the OSA presented a nationally broadcasted concert featuring the soprano France Bellemare and benefiting Moisson Montréal, Canada’s largest food bank. Concert available here