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.
Yannick 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.
Credit: Jan Regan and the Philadelphia Orchestra
2013/14 saw Yannick’s first tour to China with The Philadelphia Orchestra and also marked the start of his three-year term as Artist-in-Residence at Konzerthaus Dortmund which featured The Philadelphia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Wiener Philharmoniker and chamber concerts.
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, Rusalka). 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.
Last season’s highlights included Lohengrin at the Wiener Staatsoper and Yannick’s first Wagnerian production at the Metropolitan Opera; Der fliegende Holländer. Orchestral collaborations included projects with the Bayerischer Rundfunk, Wiener Philharmoniker as part of the Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum’s Mozartwoche in addition to a tour of Asia with The Philadelphia Orchestra and European tours with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
Opera in 2017/18 includes performances of Salome at the Wiener Staatsoper, Parsifal and Elektra at the Metropolitan Opera and the continuation of his cycle of Mozart operas at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Die Zauberflöte) recorded live for Deutsche Grammophon. Alongside his regular subscriptions, orchestral projects comprise returns to the Berliner Philharmoniker, Bayerischer Rundfunk and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Further highlights include a European tour with the Orchestre Métropolitain, the first international tour in the orchestra's history, and European tours with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic which marks the end of his ten-year music directorship with the orchestra.
Recent Deutsche Grammophon releases include Mendelssohn Symphonies 1-5 and Le nozze di Figaro with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe which won the 2017 ECHO Klassik for Best Opera Recording and a GRAMMY nomination. September will see the release of an album of French and Italian opera duets recorded with Rolando Villazón, Ildar Abdrazakov and the Orchestre Métropolitain (Montreal). The discography also includes the complete Schumann symphonies, The Rite of Spring and Rachmaninov Variations with Daniil Trifonov and The Philadelphia Orchestra; Tchaikovsky with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Lisa Batiashvili and recordings with Rotterdam Philharmonic (EMI Classics, BIS and DG); London Philharmonic (LPO label); and Orchestre Métropolitain (ATMA Classique).
Yannick 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; National Arts Centre Award; Prix Denise-Pelletier; Prix Oskar Morawetz. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Québec in Montreal (2011), Curtis Institute in Philadelphia (2014), Westminster Choir College of Rider University (2015) and McGill University in Montreal (2017). He was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2012, Companion ot the Order of Arts and Letters of Québec in 2015, Officer of the Order of Québec in 2015 and Officer of the Order of Montreal (2017).
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March 6 — Born in Montreal (Ahuntsic neighbourhood).
Artistic direction, Chœur polyphonique de Montréal (Montreal Cathedral).
Five first prizes from the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal.
Several notable and significant encounters with Maestro Carlo Maria Giulini.
First concert conducted outside of Québec with the CBC Radio Orchestra (Vancouver).
European debut with the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse.
First concert as Guest Conductor with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
2013-2016 — Conductor-in-residence at the Konzerthaus, Dortmund.
Musical Director of the Metropolitan Opera (New York).