Canadian-born conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin became the Met’s Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director with the beginning of the 2018–19 season, during which he conducts a new production of Verdi’s La Traviata, revivals of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande and Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites, and concerts with the Met Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. He made his company debut in 2009 with a new production of Bizet’s Carmen and has since returned every season, conducting new productions of Verdi’s Don Carlo, Gounod’s Faust, and Verdi’s Otello, as well as revivals of Dvořák’s Rusalka, La Traviata, Richard Strauss’s Elektra, and Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer and Parsifal. He has been music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 2012 and held the same position with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra—where he now serves as honorary conductor—between 2008 and 2018. Since 2000, he has served as artistic director and principal conductor of Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain.
Maestro Nézet-Séguin has worked with many leading European ensembles and enjoys close collaborations with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, Munich’s Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. From 2008 to 2014, he was principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He has appeared at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and the BBC Proms, as well as the festivals of Edinburgh, Lucerne, Grafenegg, Lanaudière, Vail, and Saratoga. He made his Salzburg Festival debut in 2008 conducting a new production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette and returned in 2010 and 2011 for Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
Other operatic appearances have included performances at La Scala, Covent Garden, the Dutch National Opera, and the Vienna State Opera. In 2011, he began a cycle of seven Mozart operas for the Festival Hall Baden-Baden, which Deutsche Grammophon recorded live.
During the 2017–18 season, Maestro Nézet-Séguin led performances of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in concert in Baden-Baden and concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain, Berlin Philharmonic, and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Recent recordings include Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Die Entführung aus dem Serail and the complete symphonies of Schumann with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps, Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (featuring pianist Daniil Trifonov), and Bernstein’s Mass with the Philadelphia Orchestra; and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic.
Maestro 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 Carlo Maria Giulini. His honors include the Order of Montreal, Oskar Morawetz Award, Musical America’s 2016 Artist of the Year, the Royal Philharmonic Society Award, Canada’s National Arts Centre Award, the Prix Denise-Pelletier awarded by the Quebec government, and the 2015 Medal of Honor from the National Assembly of Quebec. He holds honorary doctorates from McGill University, the University of Quebec in Montreal, Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute, and Westminster Choir College of Rider University. He has received the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres du Québec in 2015 and was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2012 and an Officer of the Order of Québec in 2015.
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