Pascal Verrot was born in Lyon in 1959. He obtained diplomas from La Sorbonne and the Conservatoire National de Paris, where he studied with Jean-Sébastien Béreau. In 1985, he was a laureate of the Tokyo Conducting Competition, where Seiji Ozawa acknowledged his talent and invited him to be his assistant at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Pascal Verrot conducted this famous orchestra on many occasions, notably at the Boston Symphony Hall and at the Tanglewood Music Festival. He also conducted the chamber ensemble of this orchestra, in Boston as well as in tour. Pascal Verrot was appointed musical director of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec in 1991. Under his baton, the orchestra celebrated its ninetieth anniversary in 1992-1993. Besides his work at the OSQ, Pascal Verrot pursues a brilliant career as guest conductor. He has conducted many concerts in Japan, as well as in France, both at the opera and with many of the great French orchestras. He enjoys great success at the direction of the Orchestre de Paris, the Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, the Ensemble InterContemporain, and many others. In Canada, Pascal Verrot has been a guest conductor of The Toronto Symphony, as well as the Hamilton, Winnipeg and Montréal symphony orchestras, raising up a unanimous enthusiasm of both the public and the critics.