The Philadelphia Orchestra
The Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the preeminent orchestras in the world, renowned for
its distinctive sound, desired for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations
of audiences, and admired for a legacy of innovation in music making. The orchestra is
focused on inspiring the future while transforming its rich tradition of achievement,
seeking to not simply sustain the highest level of artistic quality, but to challenge-and
exceed-that level by creating powerful musical experiences for audiences at home and around
Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin triumphantly opened his inaugural season as the eighth
artistic leader of the orchestra in fall 2012, and has been embraced by the musicians of
the orchestra, audiences, and the community itself. Yannick's concerts of diverse
repertoire attract sold-out houses, and he has established a regular forum for connecting
with concertgoers through Post-Concert Conversations. In addition to recordings, in
Yannick's inaugural season the orchestra has also returned to the radio airwaves with
weekly Sunday afternoon broadcasts on WRTI-FM.
Philadelphia is home, and the orchestra nurtures an important relationship not only with
patrons who support the main season at the Kimmel Center, but also those who enjoy the
orchestra's other area performances at The Mann Center, Penn's Landing, and other venues.
The orchestra is also a global ambassador for Philadelphia and for the US. 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 annual residencies in Saratoga Springs, New York, and
at the Bravo! Vail festival.
Musician-led initiatives, including highly successful Cello and Violin Play-Ins, shine a
spotlight on the orchestra's musicians as they spread out from the stage into the
community. The orchestra's commitment to its education and community partnership
initiatives manifests itself in numerous other ways, including concerts for families and
students, and eZseatU, a program that allows full-time college students to attend an
unlimited number of orchestra concerts for a $25 annual membership fee. Visit philorch.org
for more information.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin triumphantly opened his inaugural season as the eighth music director
of The Philadelphia Orchestra in the fall of 2012. His highly collaborative style, deeply
rooted musical curiosity, and boundless enthusiasm, paired with a fresh approach to
orchestral programming, have been heralded by critics and audiences alike. In his first
season, he took the orchestra to new musical heights. His second builds on that momentum
with highlights that include a Philadelphia Commissions Micro-Festival, for which three
leading composers have been commissioned to write solo works for three of the orchestra's
principal players; the next installment in his multi-season focus on requiems with Fauré's
Requiem; and a unique, theatrically staged presentation of Strauss's revolutionary opera
Salome, a first-ever co-production with Opera Philadelphia.
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
becomes the first-ever mentor conductor of the Curtis Institute of Music's conducting
fellows program in fall 2013. He has made wildly successful appearances with the world's
most revered ensembles, and has conducted critically acclaimed performances at many of the
leading opera houses.
Yannick and Deutsche Grammophon (DG) enjoy a long-term collaboration. Under his
leadership, the orchestra returns to recording with a newly released CD on that label of
Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and Leopold Stokowski transcriptions. Yannick
continues a fruitful recording relationship with the Rotterdam Philharmonic for DG, BIS,
and EMI/Virgin; the London Philharmonic for the LPO label; and the Orchestre Métropolitain
for ATMA Classique.
A native of Montreal, Yannick studied at that city's Conservatory of Music and continued
lessons with renowned conductor Carlo Maria Giulini and with Joseph Flummerfelt at
Westminster Choir College. Among Yannick's honors are an appointment as Companion of the
Order of Canada, a Royal Philharmonic Society Award, Canada's National Arts Centre Award,
the Prix Denise-Pelletier, and an honorary doctorate by the University of Quebec in
Montreal. Visit philorch.org/conductor to read Yannick's full bio.