Born in Montreal in 1975, Yannick Nézet-Séguin studied piano, conducting, composition, and chamber music at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec. At the age of 19, he met Carlo Maria Giulini, whom he accompanied during rehearsals and who was a significant influence. After first positions with his own ensembles and as Choral Director at the Opéra de Montréal, Nézet-Séguin was appointed Music Director of the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal in 2000. From 2008 to the summer of 2018, he served as Principal Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, which subsequently named him Honorary Conductor; he has helmed the Philadelphia Orchestra since 2012, and since 2018 he has served as Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where he will launch new productions of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas, and Verdi’s La forza del destino in 2023-24. Nézet-Séguin has worked with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, where he was Principal Guest Conductor from 2008 to 2014. In the United States, he has also conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Nézet-Séguin made his debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2008 with Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette; he has also appeared as an opera conductor at London’s Royal Opera House, La Scala in Milan, and the Vienna Staatsoper. He has conducted the seven great Mozart operas at the Fest-
spielhaus in Baden-Baden, all of which were recorded. In 2021 he released his first solo album as a pianist, Introspection, which includes works from Bach to Berio. His recording of symphonies by Florence Price received a Grammy Award in 2022. Yannick Nézet-Séguin has garnered multiple honorary doctorates and is a Companion of the Order of Canada, a member of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, and an Officier de l’Ordre de Montréal.
Lucerne Festival debut on 13 September 2011, when he led the Vienna Philharmonic in a program of works by Messiaen, Debussy, Schubert, and Ravel.