In 2018, he completes his engagement with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and becomes Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera, New York, remaining in post with the Orchestre Métroolitain of Montreal and 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. With the Philadelphia Orchestra, he goes regulaly to Carnegie Hall. 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.
Credit: Jan Regan and the Philadelphia Orchestra
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.
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 et L'Elisir d'amore, he returned once in a while for Wozzeck, Madame Butterfly, Salomé et 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; since 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. He has conducted for Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Netherlands Opera and Vienna State Opera; in 201, he began the cycle of the seven last Mozart operas for Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, all recorded live by Deutsche Grammophon.
He conducts regularly The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre Métropolitain of Montreal and The Chamber Orchestra of Europe on Asian and European tours.
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; Visions of Prokofiev with 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 Virginia-Parker; Prix Denise-Pelletier; Prix Oskar Morawetz. He holds six honorary doctorates from the University of Québec in Montreal (2011), Curtis Institute in Philadelphia (2014), Westminster Choir College of Rider University (2015), McGill University in Montreal (2017), Université dMontréal (2017); Penn University (2018). 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).
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).