Music director selected

Jaelem Bhate becomes PEISO’s ninth music director

Jaelem Bhate, PEI Symphony Orchestra’s 
new music director

After an intensive search, the PEI Symphony Orchestra (PEISO) has named Jaelem Bhate as its new music director. Entering its 57th season, Bhate becomes PEISO’s ninth music director in PEISO’s history.

“From our first meeting, I felt a special connection with the musicians, staff, administration and audiences of the PEISO,” says Bhate. “I feel there is an extraordinary amount of commitment and passion in this orchestra, and I am honoured to receive the trust of the PEISO community to begin this new chapter with them. I am beyond excited to make music with these artists and to contribute to this organization and its patrons.”

Bhate was selected after a year-long search, which included a final audition round during the orchestra’s 2023-24 season. As part of the audition process, season subscribers and a newly formed student committee, representing five Island high schools, had the opportunity to contribute to the selection.

Subscriptions for Jaelem Bhate’s first season with the orchestra are now available. Each concert takes place in the Sobey Family Theatre at Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown. The 2024–2025 season dates are October 20, November 24, and March 2, and April 6.