Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain since 2000, Yannick Nézet-Séguin is one of the most sought-after conductors in the world, and his career has led him to work with many of the most renowned orchestras. He has been Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra since September 2012 and of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra since 2008. 2017/18 will be his tenth and final season with the Rotterdam Philharmonic. In 2020/2021 he succeeds James Levine as the third Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

He is regularly invited to lead prestigious orchestras, including Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Bayerischer Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. His opera interpretations have been acclaimed in many of the world’s most famous Opera Houses, such as the Metropolitan Opera (New York), the Salzburg Festival, La Scala (Milan), the Royal Opera House (London), as well as in such reputed Concert Halls as the Musikverein (Vienna), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) and Carnegie Hall (New York).

Yannick Nézet-Séguin has made recordings with several orchestras for the famous yellow Deutsche Grammophon label while continuing his role in the collaborative partnership between ATMA Classique and the Orchestre Métropolitain. His honours include Artist of the Year by the prestigious magazine Musical America, a Royal Philharmonic Society Award (RPS, London); Canada’s National Arts Centre Award (Ottawa), the Prix Denise-Pelletier, awarded by the Quebec government and the Medal of Honor of the National Assembly of Quebec.

He has received three honorary doctorates (Université du Québec à Montréal, 2011; Curtis Institute of Philadelphia, 2014; Rider University of Princeton, 2015), and was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada (2012), Companion of the Quebec Order for the Arts and Literature (March 2015) and Officer of the National Order of Quebec (June 2015).