Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Québécois Conductor (b. 1975, Montreal)

Yannick Nézet-Séguin was born in Montreal. He showed an early interest in conducting and chose to study it at the Montreal Conservatory of Music, alongside his piano and composition lessons. At 19 he had the chance to meet and observe Carlo Maria Giulini, a famous conductor, in both concert and rehearsal. This was an immensely valuable, formative experience. Yannick Nézet-Séguin then went on to found his own vocal and instrumental ensemble, La Chapelle de Montréal

Before making his European debut in 2004, Yannick Nézet-Séguin had already conducted all of the major Canadian ensembles and acted as Guest Conductor of prestigious orchestras such as Staatskapelle Dresden, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2008, Yannick Nézet-Séguin made his opera debut conducting at the Salzburg Festival. Invitations from famous opera venues soon followed, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and Covent Garden in London. Yannick Nézet-Séguin now works at the Principal Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. He also acts as Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he has made well-received recordings for Deutsche Grammophon. He is still the head of the Montreal Orchestre Métropolitain, where he continues to record for the Canadian label ATMA Classique

Official Website : http://www\.yannicknezetseguin\.com/

Six Landmark Dates in the Life of Yannick Nézet-Séguin 

1995  : Conducted his first orchestral concert
1997  : Studied conducting with the famous Italian maestro Carlo Maria Giulini
 • 2000  : Was named Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain, Montreal
 • 2006  : Was named Artistic Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
 • 2009  : Made debut at the Metropolitan Opera, conducting Carmen by Bizet
 • 2012  : Was named Principal Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra 

Six Key Recordings 

Kurt Weill
 Diane Dufresne
 Orchestre métropolitain, Montréal
 ATMA 2005

*La mer * (Debussy, Britten, Mercure)
 Orchestre métropolitain, Montréal
 ATMA 2008

Beethoven, Korngold : Concertos for Violin
 Renaud Capuçon, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
 Virgin Classics 2009

Johaness Brahms : A German Requiem
 Watts, Degout, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir
 LPO 2010

• Hector Berlioz : Symphonie Fantastique
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
 BIS 2011

Mozart : Don Giovanni
 D'Arcangelo, Damrau, DiDonato, Villazón, Erdmann
 Mahler Chamber Orchestra
 DG 2012