The Philadelphia Orchestra
Renowned for its distinctive sound, beloved for its keen ability to capture the hearts and
imaginations of audiences, and admired for an unrivaled legacy of "firsts" in music making,
The Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the preeminent orchestras in the world.
The Philadelphia Orchestra has cultivated an extraordinary history of artistic leaders in
its 112 seasons, including music directors Fritz Scheel, Carl Pohlig, Leopold Stokowski,
Eugene Ormandy, Riccardo Muti, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Christoph Eschenbach, and Charles
Dutoit (who served as chief conductor from 2008 to 2012). With the 2012-2013 season,
Yannick Nézet-Séguin becomes the eighth music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Named
music director designate in 2010, Mr. Nézet-Séguin brings a vision that extends beyond
symphonic music into the vivid world of opera and choral music.
Philadelphia is home, and the orchestra nurtures an important relationship not only with
patrons who support the main season at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, but also
those who enjoy the orchestra's other area performances at the Mann Center, Penn's Landing,
and other venues. The Philadelphia Orchestra Association also continues to own the Academy
of Music-a National Historic Landmark-as it has since 1957.
Through concerts, tours, residencies, presentations, and recordings, the orchestra is a
global ambassador for Philadelphia and for the United States. Having been the first
American orchestra to perform in China, in 1973 at the request of President Nixon, today
The Philadelphia Orchestra boasts a new partnership with the National Centre for the
Performing Arts in Beijing. The orchestra annually performs at Carnegie Hall and the
Kennedy Center, while also enjoying a three-week residency in Saratoga Springs, NY, and a
strong partnership with the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.
The ensemble maintains an important Philadelphia tradition of presenting educational
programs for students of all ages. Today, the orchestra executes myriad education and
community partnership programs that serve more than 45,000 annually, including its
Neighborhood Concert Series, Sound All Around and Family Concerts, and eZseatU. Visit
philorch.org for more information.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin became the eighth music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra with
the start of the 2012-2013 season. Named music director designate in June 2010, he made his
orchestra debut in December 2008. Over the past decade, Yannick has established himself as
a musical leader of the highest caliber and one of the most exciting talents of his
generation. Since 2008, he has been music director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic and
principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic, and since 2000 artistic director and
principal conductor of Montreal's Orchestre Métropolitain. He has appeared with such
revered ensembles as the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Boston
Symphony Orchestra, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Dresden Staatskapelle, Chamber
Orchestra of Europe, and major Canadian orchestras. His talents extend beyond symphonic
music into opera and choral music, leading acclaimed performances at the Metropolitan
Opera, La Scala, Salzburg Festival, and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Highlights of Yannick's inaugural season include his Carnegie Hall debut with the Verdi
Requiem, two world premieres, and performances of The Rite of Spring in
collaboration with New York-based Ridge Theater, complete with dancers, video projection,
and theatrical lighting. In July 2012, Yannick and Deutsche Grammophon announced a major
long-term collaboration. His discography with the Rotterdam Philharmonic for BIS Records
and EMI/Virgin includes an Edison Award-winning album of Ravel's orchestral works. He has
also recorded several award-winning albums with the Orchestre Métropolitain for ATMA
Classique. In addition, his first recording with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Mahler's
Symphony No. 5, is available for download.
A native of Montreal, Yannick studied at that city's Conservatory of Music and continued
studies with renowned conductor Carlo Maria Giulini and with Joseph Flummerfelt at
Westminster Choir College. In 2012, Yannick was appointed a Companion of the Order of
Canada, one of the country's highest civilian honors. His other honors include Canada's
National Arts Centre Award; a Royal Philharmonic Society Award; the Prix Denise-Pelletier,
the highest distinction for the arts in Quebec; and an honorary doctorate by the University
of Quebec in Montreal. Visit philorch.org/conductor to read Yannick's full bio.