In preparation for our 2013–2014 Opening Night Gala on October 2, we invite you to go Beyond the Baton with The Philadelphia Orchestra's Music Director and Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Following next Wednesday's Opening Night performance, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra perform here three more times this season.
What one app could you not live without?
FlightTrack. It is great for all the travel that I do. It lets you know if there will be any delay, in real time, anywhere in the world!
What book is on your nightstand?
If you could ask one composer one question, who would it be and what would you ask them?
Definitely Bach. And I would ask him: How was it possible for a single human brain and soul to compose all you composed while having so many children?
What's your favorite sport to follow? Do you have a favorite athlete?
I love tennis and Rafael Nadal is my favorite player. We both started our international careers at about the same time. I was making my conducting debut in Monaco and the day before the concert was the Monte-Carlo Masters Championship. My father also loves tennis so I bought tickets. Nadal won and that was the launching of his career. I think he and I are similar in that he always goes for every shot just as I go for every note. I met him very briefly in Rotterdam but would love to meet him again and speak longer with him.
What is your earliest musical memory?
My earliest musical memory is of transgressing the family rule that children were not allowed to tough the stereo. I was always a good boy but I just couldn't resist the lure of that machine and I was always putting on records so I could listen to music. I think I was around two or three.