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Yannick Nézet-Séguin is Music Director of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. 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. He continues to enjoy a close collaboration with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, of which he was Principal Guest Conductor 2008–14.
Mr Nézet-Séguin has worked with many fine ensembles in Europe, 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 in 2013 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic. He has also appeared at festivals in Edinburgh, San Sebastian, Santander and Grafenegg. Engagements in summer festivals in North America include the Lanaudiere Festival, Bravo! Vail 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. His regular engagements at The Metropolitan Opera have seen him conduct Rusalka, La Traviata and Faust in recent seasons. He returned in 2014/15 for Don Carlo. He has also appeared at Teatro alla Scala (Roméo et Juliette), Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Rusalka) and Netherlands Opera (The Makropoulos Case, Turandot and Don Carlo). In 2011, he embarked on a major Mozart opera series for Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, most recently with performances of Die Entführung aus dem Serail.
Highlights in Mr Nézet-Séguin’s 2013/14 included concert performances of Der fliegende Holländer with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, an extensive tour of China with The Philadelphia Orchestra and projects with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Bavarian Radio Symphony. The season also saw the start of his term as Artist-in-Residence at Konzerthaus Dortmund, to which he returned in 2014/15 with The Philadelphia Orchestra, London Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. 2014/15 also included a North American tour with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, European tour with The Philadelphia Orchestra and two separate projects with the Bavarian Radio Symphony.
The 15/16 seasons begins with Mr Nézet-Séguin conducting the Metropolitan Opera’s season-opener of Otello. Later in the season he will conduct Elektra at the Opéra de Montréal, and will collaborate with the London Symphony Orchestra for a return to the Royal Festival Hall. In addition to his commitments with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, further highlights include projects with the Vienna Philharmonic, Berliner Philharmoniker, Bayerischer Rundfunk Munich, and to finish a return to the Salzburg Festival with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
Recent additions to Mr Nézet-Séguin’s extensive discography 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 a Tchaikovsky disc with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Lisa Batiashvili, 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 awarded by the Quebec government. He has 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.