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Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin has been Music Director of both the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra since 2008, and in September 2012 adds the Music Directorship of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain (Montreal) since 2000, he has also conducted all the major Canadian orchestras.
Following his European debut in 2004, he has appeared with orchestras such as the Dresden Staatskapelle, Berliner Philharmoniker, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Philharmoniker (in Salzburg, Lucerne and Vienna), Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He made his BBC Proms debut in 2009 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, returning the following year with the Rotterdam Philharmonic.
A notable operatic conductor, Yannick Nézet-Séguin made his debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2008 with a new production of Roméo et Juliette, returning to the city for the 2010 Mozarwoche and Don Giovanni in the 2010 and 2011 summer festivals. For The Metropolitan Opera, he has conducted Carmen, Don Carlo and Faust and will return each season. He has also made highly successful debuts at Teatro alla Scala (Roméo et Juliette) and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Rusalka) and will return to both companies. For Netherlands Opera, he has conducted The Makropoulos Case, Turandot and Don Carlo, all with the Rotterdam Philharmonic. At Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, he conducted an acclaimed Don Giovanni in 2011 returned in 2012 for Così fan tutte.
Highlights of the 2012-13 season include two separate tours to Japan and the Far East with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and a German tour with the London Philharmonic as well as the complete Schumann symphonies and concerti with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in Paris. He will also return to the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and conduct La Traviata for The Metropolitan Opera.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s discography with the Rotterdam Philharmonic includes recordings of Strauss (Ein Heldenleben / Vier letzte Lieder) and Berlioz (Symphonie fantastique / La Mort de Cléopâtre) on BIS Records as well as an Edison Award-winning album of Ravel’s orchestral works on EMI/Virgin. He also records with the Orchestre Métropolitain on the ATMA Classique label.
A native of Montreal, Mr Nézet-Séguin studied piano, conducting, composition, and chamber music at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec in Montreal, and continued his studies with renowned conductors, most notably the Italian maestro Carlo Maria Giulini. His honours include a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award and Canada’s highly coveted National Arts Centre Award. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Quebec in Montreal in 2011 and was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2012.