Philippe Jordan


Philippe Jordan has been Music Director of the Opéra national de Paris since 2009 and Chief Conductor of the Vienna Symphony since 2014. Born in 1974 in Zurich as the son of the conductor Armin Jordan, he graduated with degrees in piano, theory, and composition from the conservatory of his native city. His first conducting experiences were as an assistant to Jeffrey Tate at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and as Kapellmeister at the Ulm Stadttheater. In 1998 Jordan was appointed as an assistant to Daniel Barenboim at the Berlin Staatsoper; later, from 2006 to 2010, he returned to the company in the role of Principal Guest Conductor. In 2001 Jordan took on his first leadership position at Graz Opera, where he continued his association for three years. During this period he made his debuts at the Glyndebourne Festival, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and the Royal Opera House in London. Jordan has been conducting at the Bavarian Staatsoper and the Salzburg Festival since 2004, and, since 2005, at the Vienna Staatsoper. He made his debut at the Bayreuth Festival with Parsifal in 2012, and in 2017 he conducted Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg there as well. In the concert hall Jordan has worked with such orchestras as the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Chicago and San Francisco Symphonies, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. For the 2017-18 season, his plans include new productions of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Verdi’s Don Carlos in the French version, Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini, and Wagner’s Parsifal at the Opéra national de Paris; he will also undertake a tour of Japan and Korea with the Vienna Symphony. His recordings have garnered such awards as the Choc de l’année and the Annual Prize for the Best Recording by a French Ensemble at the Victoire de la musique.

LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 13 August 2007 conducting the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in works by Dvorák, Mahler, and Beethoven.

June 2017