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Yannick Nézet-Séguin became Music Director of The Philadelphia Orchestra at the start of the 2012/13 season and has been Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra since 2008. He has conducted all the major ensembles in his native Canada and has been Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain (Montreal) since 2000.
Since his European debut in 2004, Mr Nézet-Séguin has worked with many fine ensembles, including the Dresden Staatskapelle, Berliner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Berlin, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Wiener Philharmoniker, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Following his 2009 BBC Proms debut (Scottish Chamber Orchestra), he returned the following year and more recently this summer with the Rotterdam Philharmonic. He has also appeared at festivals in Edinburgh, San Sebastian and Grafenegg. Engagements in summer festivals in North America include the Lanaudiere Festival, Vail Valley Music Festival, Saratoga Festival and Mostly Mozart Festival.
A notable opera conductor, Mr Nézet-Séguin made his Salzburg Festival debut in 2008 with a new production of Roméo et Juliette, returning in 2010 and 2011 for Don Giovanni. For The Metropolitan Opera, he has conducted Carmen, Don Carlo, Faust and La Traviata and returns for Rusalka this season. His 2011 debut at Teatro alla Scala (Roméo et Juliette) was followed in 2012 by his Royal Opera House, Covent Garden debut (Rusalka). For Netherlands Opera, he has conducted The Makropoulos Case, Turandot and Don Carlo (all with the Rotterdam Philharmonic). In 2011, he embarked on a major Mozart opera series for Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.
Mr Nézet-Séguin’s 2013/14 season opens with concert performances of Der fliegende Holländer with the Rotterdam Philharmonic in Rotterdam, Théâtre des Champs Elysées Paris and Konzerthaus Dortmund, the last inaugurating the start of his term as Artist-in-Residence at the venue. In addition to his regular orchestral commitments, he returns to the Berliner Philharmoniker and Wiener Philharmoniker and leads The Philadelphia Orchestra on an extensive tour of China.
Recent and forthcoming additions to Mr Nézet-Séguin’s extensive discography include The Rite of Spring with The Philadelphia Orchestra, a Tchaikovsky disc with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Lisa Batiashvili, Così fan tutte with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Don Giovanni with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, all for Deutsche Grammophon. With the Rotterdam Philharmonic, he has made recordings for EMI Classics and BIS Records. He also continues to enjoy a fruitful recording relationship with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir for the LPO label and with the Orchestre Métropolitain for ATMA Classique.
A native of Montreal, 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 a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award; Canada’s highly coveted National Arts Centre Award and the Prix Denise-Pelletier, the highest distinction for the arts in Quebec, awarded by the Quebec government. In 2011, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Quebec in Montreal and was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2012.