Musical America, the venerable print and online publication serving performing arts organizations worldwide for nearly 120 years, has just announced the winners of their annual Musical America Awards, which recognise excellence and achievement in all realms of the arts. Yannick Nézet-Séguin, described as the “greatest generator of energy on the international podium,” (Financial Times) has been named the 2016 Artist of the Year, as voted by a panel of his peers. As music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestre Métropolitain, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Nézet-Séguin is recognized worldwide as a musical leader of the highest calibre, maintaining his strong sense of musicianship, dedication, and charisma.
“I am deeply and sincerely honoured to accept this prestigious honour,” said Nézet-Séguin. “In truth, this goes to all of the musicians I conduct, in Philadelphia, Rotterdam, and Montreal, and throughout the world. These are the people creating the magic that connects audiences to the music, spreading messages of hope and joy.”