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In 2012, Montreal-born Yannick Nézet-Séguin added the Music Directorship of The Philadelphia Orchestra to his roles as Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and long-time Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain (Montreal), where he has served since 2000. 2017/18 will be his tenth and final season with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and will draw to a close with the orchestra’s centenary celebrations in Rotterdam and round Europe. In 2020/2021 he succeeds James Levine as the third Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera, New York and remains in post with The Philadelphia Orchestra until at least summer 2026.
Mr Nézet-Séguin has worked with many leading European ensembles and enjoys close collaborations with the Berlin Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Bayerischer Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester and Chamber Orchestra of Europe; between 2008 and 2014 he was also Principal Guest Conductor of London Philharmonic Orchestra. He has appeared three times at the BBC Proms and at many European festivals, among them Edinburgh, Lucerne, Salzburg and Grafenegg. North American summer appearances include New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Lanaudiere, Vail and Saratoga.
He made his Salzburg Festival opera debut in 2008 with a new production of Roméo et Juliette, returning in 2010 and 2011 for Don Giovanni. In the 2009/10 season, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut with their new production of Carmen and has returned each season (Otello, Don Carlo, Faust, La Traviata and Rusalka). Next season, he conducts Wagner there for the first time (Der Fliegende Holländer).
He has conducted for Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Netherlands Opera and Vienna State Opera and in 2011 began a cycle of seven Mozart operas for Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, all recorded live by Deutsche Grammophon. Le nozze di Figaro, the fourth of the titles, is scheduled for release later this year.
Highlights of 2013/14 included concert performances of Der fliegende Holländer in Rotterdam; his first tour to China with The Philadelphia Orchestra; and projects with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Bayerischer Rundfunk. It also marked the start of his three-year term as Artist-in-Residence at Konzerthaus Dortmund which has since featured The Philadelphia Orchestra, London Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. 2014/2015 included tours to North America (Rotterdam Philharmonic) and Europe (The Philadelphia Orchestra); and projects with the Bayerischer Rundfunk.
The current season has included Elektra (Opéra de Montréal), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Wiener Philharmoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, alongside his subscription and tour commitments with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and The Philadelphia Orchestra. The season concludes with a return to the 2016 Salzburg Festival with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
Recent Deutsche Grammophon releases include the complete Schumann symphonies and Cosi fan tutte with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, The Rite of Spring and Rachmaninov Variations with Daniil Trifonov and The Philadelphia Orchestra; and Tchaikovsky with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Lisa Batiashvili. The discography also includes recordings with Rotterdam Philharmonic (EMI Classics, BIS and DG); London Philharmonic (LPO label); and Orchestre Métropolitain (ATMA Classique).
Mr Nézet-Séguin studied piano, conducting, composition, and chamber music at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec in Montreal and choral conducting at the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey before going on to study with renowned conductors, most notably the Italian maestro Carlo Maria Giulini. His honours include Musical America’s Artist of the Year (2016), Royal Philharmonic Society Award; Canada’s highly coveted National Arts Centre Award and the Prix Denise-Pelletier, the highest distinction for the arts awarded by the Quebec government. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Quebec in Montreal (2011), Curtis Institute in Philadelphia (2014) and Westminster Choir College of Rider University (2015). He was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2012.