Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Montreal, 1975) has been chief conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic since 2008. He received his first piano lessons at the age of five. At the Montreal conservatory he studied piano, composition, chamber music and orchestral conducting. At the same time he was trained in choral conducting at the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. After his graduation he continued his studies with some of the greatest conductors, among whom Carlo Maria Giulini.
In 2000 Yannick Nézet-Séguin was appointed artistic leader and principal conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal – a position he still holds. The same year he conducted his first opera production. In 2005 Yannick Nézet-Séguin made his debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic that appointed him chief conductor. He is also music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra. As a guest conductor he worked with all major orchestras worldwide, and he conducted opera in the most prestigious theatres.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic have made numerous successful tours, including concerts in London, Paris, Vienna, New York, Toronto, Tokyo and Beijing. Besides they embarked upon a series of much lauded CDs, including an internationally awarded recording of works by Maurice Ravel for EMI Classics and CDs for the Deutsche Grammophon label. Furthermore, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra combined their versatility in projects ranging from opera’s to family shows and from subscription concerts to community projects.
Next to the concerts in Rotterdam, Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s schedule with the Rotterdam Philharmonic comprises concerts in San Sébastian, Essen, London (BBC Proms), Luzern, Rheingau Festival, Berlin (Musikfest), Dortmund and the prolongation of the orchestra’s residency in the Paris Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.
As of April 2018