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 Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

Photo Marco Borggreve
Photo : Rémy Boily © Gouvernement du Québec (Les Prix du Québec)

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 and Chamber Orchestra of Europe.  Festivals he has visited include the BBC Proms, Edinburgh, San Sebastian, Santander and Grafenegg.  In North America, he has conducted at the Lanaudiere, Vail Valley, Saratoga and Mostly Mozart festivals.

A notable opera conductor, Mr Nézet-Séguin’s regular engagements at The Metropolitan Opera have seen him conduct Don Carlo, Rusalka andLa traviata in recent seasons.  He returns in 2015/16 for Othello.  He has also appeared at the Salzburg Festival, Teatroalla Scala, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Netherlands Opera.  In 2011, he embarked on a major Mozart opera series for Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, most recently with performances of Die EntführungausdemSerail. In August 2015, he will conduct Le Nozze di Figaro.

Highlights in Mr Nézet-Séguin’s 2014/15 also include a North American tour with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, European tour with The Philadelphia Orchestra and two separate projects with the Bavarian Radio Symphony.  He also continues as Artist-in-Residence at Konzerthaus Dortmund.

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 with The Philadelphia Orchestra and a Tchaikovsky disc with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, all for Deutsche Grammophon.  He also continues to enjoy a fruitful recording relationship with the London Philharmonic for its own label and with the OrchestreMétropolitain 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 National Arts Centre Award and the Prix Denise-Pelletier, the highest distinction for the arts in Quebec awarded by the Quebec government.  He has received three honorary doctorates (University of Quebec in Montreal, 2011; Curtis Institute of Philadelphia, 2014; Rider University of Princeton, 2015.  He was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada (2012), Companion of the Arts and Letters of Québec (March 2015) and Officer of the Québec National Order (June 2015).


Photo Marco BorggrevePhiladelphia Orchestra, Photo Chris Lee


Photo Marco Borggreve
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Photo Marco Borggreve


By Askonas Holt


Updated by CNS, June 2015

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