Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Mentor Conductor

In 2012, Montreal-born Yannick Nézet-Séguin added the music directorship of the Philadelphia Orchestra to his roles as music director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and long-time artistic director and principal conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain (Montreal), where he has served since 2000. In 2020 he succeeds James Levine as the third music director of the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Mr. Nézet-Séguin has worked with many leading European ensembles and enjoys close collaborations with the Berlin and Vienna philharmonics, the Bayerischer Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe; between 2008 and 2014 he was also principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He has appeared repeatedly at the BBC Proms and at many European festivals, among them Edinburgh, Lucerne, Salzburg, and Grafenegg. North American summer appearances include New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Lanaudiere, Vail and Saratoga. He has conducted for Teatro alla Scala in Milan; the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London; Netherlands Opera; and the Vienna State Opera. He records for Deutsche Grammophon.

Mr. Nézet-Séguin studied piano, conducting, composition, and chamber music at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec in Montreal, and choral conducting at Westminster Choir College  before going on to study with renowned conductors, most notably the Italian maestro Carlo Maria Giulini. His honours include Musical America’s Artist of the Year (2016), the Royal Philharmonic Society Award; Canada’s National Arts Centre Award, the Prix Denise-Pelletier awarded by the Quebec government, and the Medal of Honour from the National Assembly of Quebec (2015). He holds honorary doctorates from the Curtis Institute of Music (2014), Westminster Choir College (2015), and the University of Quebec in Montreal (2011). He has received the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres du Québec (2015). He was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada (2012) and Officer of the Order of Québec (2015).

Mr. Nézet-Séguin joined the Curtis faculty as mentor conductor in 2013.