Yannick has worked with many leading European ensembles and enjoys close collaborations with Berliner 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 many times at the BBC Proms and at many European festivals, among them Edinburgh, Lucerne, Salzburg and Grafenegg (Vienna). North American summer appearances include New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Lanaudiere, Vail and Saratoga. With the Philadelphia Orchestra, he goes regularly to Carnegie Hall where he has been Perspectives Artist in 2019-2020. He also conducts master classes, notably at two of the most renowned institutions, the Curtis Institute of Philadelphia and the Julliard School of New York.
2013/14 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, Berliner Philhamoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker and chamber concerts.
He conducts regularly The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and The Chamber Orchestra of Europe on Asian and European tours. In November 2017, he has led with great success the Orchestre Métropolitain of Montreal in its very first European tour followed, in November 2019, by a very prestigious American tour with the singer Joyce DiDonato.
Yannick is equally comfortable in the pit and on the concert podium. After doing his first opera conducting experiences for the Opéra de Montréal from 2000 to 2004, in L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Le Barbier de Séville, Cosi fan tutte, Pelléas et Mélisande and L'Elisir d'amore, he returned once in a while for Wozzeck, Madame Butterfly, Salomé and Elektra. 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; then, he has returned each season to conduct Don Carlo, Faust, La Traviata, Rusalka, Otello, Der fliegende Hollander, Parsifal and Elektra before he was named Music Director beginning with the season 2018-2019. During his first season at this post, he conducts La Traviata, Pelléas et Mélisande and Dialogues des Carmélites,Turandot and Wozzeck. He has conducted for Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Netherlands Opera and Vienna State Opera; with the Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest, just before the pandemic began, he conducted a Stage version of Richard StraussDie fraù ohne schatten. In 2011, he began the cycle of Mozart's mature operas for Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, all recorded live by Deutsche Grammophon; until today, the following titles have been released: Di Zauberflöte; La Clemenza di Tito; Le Nozze di Figaro; Entführung aus dem Serail; Cosi fan tutte; Don Giovanni, most of them with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
The maestro records in exclusivity with Deutsche Grammophon. September 2013 marks his first symphonic recording for the prestigious yellow label; for the occasion, he conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra in his first studio release for a major label since 1997; their Stravinsky (The Rite of Spring)-Stokowski (transcriptions from Bach and Stravinsky) knows a huge success. With the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, he records theMendelssohn Symphonies 1-5 and the Complete Schumann Symphonies cycle; with the Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest, a Collection box ; with Daniil Trifonov and the Philadelphia Ochestra, two CDs including Rachmaninoff's 4 Piano Concertos. The DG discography also includes, among others, Tchaikovsky with Lisa Batiashvili and the Rotterdams Philharnisch Orkest and Visions of Prokofiev with Lisa Batiashvili and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Following live performances of Leonard Bernstein's Mass, Yannick conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra and all the singers in a recording released in March 2018. With the Orchestre Métropolitain and Atma Classique in Montreal, with whom he began to record in 2000, a special box is released with the **Complete Bruckner Symphonies **recorded along the years. Many more recordings are available under various labels: with the Rotterdam Philharmonic (EMI Classics, BIS); the London Philharmonic (LPO label); the Orchestre Métropolitain of Montréal (ATMA Classique); Berliner Philharmoniker (Own Label);etc.
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. By the time he made his European debut in 2004, he had already founded his own professional orchestra and vocal ensemble, La Chapelle de Montréal, going on to conduct all the major ensembles in Canada. His honours include Musical America’s Artist of the Year (2016), Eco Klassik’s Conductor of the year (2014), and the following Awards: Virginia-Parker (2000); Royal Philharmonic Society (2009); National Arts Centre (2010); Denise-Pelletier (2015); Medal of Honor of the Quebec National Assembly (2015); Oskar Morawetz (2017). He holds six honorary doctorates from the Université du Québec à Montréal (2011), Curtis Institute in Philadelphia (2014), Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton (2015), McGill University in Montreal (2017), Université de Montréal (2017); University of Pennsylvania (2018). He was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada (2012), Companion ot the Order of Arts and Letters of Québec (2015), Officer of the Order of Québec (2015), Officer of the Order of Montreal (2017) and Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music (2020).
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.