Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Conductor, Canada

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. In September 2018, hebecomes the third Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera of New York. He has been Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra since September 2012. He is also Honorary Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, whose Chief Conductor he was from 2008 to 2018, and an Honorary Member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Maestro Nézet-Séguin regularly leads several prestigious orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Bayerischer Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. A noted opera conductor, his interpretations have been acclaimed in many of the world’s most famous houses, including the Metropolitan Opera (New York), the Salzburg Festival, La Scala (Milan) and the Royal Opera House (London), as well as in such renowned concert halls as the Musikverein (Vienna), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) and Carnegie Hall (New York).

Yannick Nézet-Séguin records exclusively for the famous yellow Deutsche Grammophon label while also maintaining a 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, recently, the Oskar Morawetz Award.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin has received 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; University of Pennsylvania, 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).