Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will lead The Philadelphia Orchestra through at least the 2025-2026 season, an extraordinary and significant long-term commitment. Additionally, he became the third music director of the Metropolitan Opera, beginning with the 2018–2019 season. Nézet-Séguin, who holds the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Chair, is an inspired leader of The Philadelphia Orchestra. His intensely 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.
Mr. Nézet-Séguin has established himself as a musical leader of the highest caliber and one of the most thrilling talents of his generation. He has been artistic director and principal conductor of Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain since 2000, and in the summer of 2017 he became an honorary member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He was music director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic from 2008 to 2018 (he is now honorary conductor), and was principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic from 2008 to 2014. He has likewise appeared with the world's most revered ensembles, and has conducted critically acclaimed performances at many of the leading opera houses.
Mr. Nézet-Séguin signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon (DG) in May 2018. Under his leadership, The Philadelphia Orchestra returned to recording with four CDs on that label. His upcoming recordings will include projects with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and the Orchestre Métropolitain, with which he will also continue to record for ATMA Classique. Additionally, he has recorded with the Rotterdam Philharmonic on DG, EMI Classics, and BIS Records, and with the London Philharmonic for the LPO label.
A native of Montreal, Yannick Nézet-Séguin studied piano, conducting, composition, and chamber music at Montreal's Conservatory of Music, and continued his studies with renowned conductor Carlo Maria Giulini. He also studied choral conducting with Joseph Flummerfelt at Westminster Choir College. Among his honors are an appointment as Companion of the Order of Canada and Officer of the Order of Montreal; Musical America
's 2016 Artist of the Year; the Prix Denise-Pelletier; and honorary doctorates from the University of Quebec in Montreal, the Curtis Institute of Music, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, McGill University, and the University of Pennsylvania.