Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain since 2000, Yannick Nézet-Séguin becomes, in September 2018, the third Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera (MET), New York, adding this to his Music Directorship of the Philadelphia Orchestra where he has served since 2012. In 2016-2017, he joined Harnoncourt and Haitink to become the third-ever Honorary Member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. After his ten-year tenure with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, he is named Honorary Conductor.
In September 2019, on the cusp of his 20th season with the Orchestre Métropolitain, Yannick Nézet-Séguin announces the renewal for life of his contract with the OM. This open-ended commitment is based on mutual trust. Such contracts between a young conductor and an orchestra he or she didn’t found are extremely rare.
He has worked regularly with many leading European ensembles and has enjoyed many close collaborations with the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Wiener Philharmoniker, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk and Chamber Orchestra of Europe as well as with London Philharmonic Orchestra, of which he was Principal Guest Conductor from 2008 to 2014. His opera interpretations have been acclaimed in many of the world’s most famous houses, such as the Metropolitan Opera (New York), the Salzburg Festival, La Scala (Milan) and the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden, London) as well as in such renowned concert halls as the Musikverein (Vienna), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) and Carnegie Hall (New York).
Major highlights of the 2019-2020 season include, among others, a nine-concert series at Carnegie Hall, as one of their Perspective Artists; three productions for the MET : Turandot, Wozzeck and Werther; the first tour of the Orchestre Métropolitain (Montreal) in the United States, including one concert in Carnegie Hall; a Beethoven symphony cycle with the Philadelphia Orchestra; a concert series where he will move from the podium to the piano to accompany Joyce DiDonato in their unique interpretation of Winterreise.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin records exclusively for 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, the Medal of Honor of the National Assembly of Quebec and the Oskar Morawetz Award.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin holds six honorary doctorates (Université du Québec à Montréal, 2011; Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, 2014; Rider University, Princeton, 2015; McGill University, Montreal, 2017, Université de Montréal, 2017; Pennsylvania University, 2018), and has been made a Companion of the Order of Canada (2012), Companion of the Quebec Order for the Arts and Literature (2015), Officer of the National Order of Quebec (2015) and Officer of the Ordre de Montréal (2017).
Some highlights in the life of the OM and Yannick Nézet-Séguin