Yannick Nézet-Séguin is one of the most widely recorded conductors of this generation. He currently holds leadership positions with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montréal.
He was born in Montréal and studied at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec and he studied choral conducting at the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. He became the musical director of the Chœur polyphonique de Montréal in 1994 and the musical director of the Choeur de Laval in 1995. The same year, he also founded his own professional orchestral and vocal ensemble, La Chapelle de Montréal. For two years he was also assistant conductor and music advisor of the Opéra Montréal.
Nézet-Séguin became music director of Orchestra Métropolitain in 2000 and his most recent contract with this orchestra has been extended through to 2015. His recordings with the Orchestre Métropolitain include symphonies by Bruckner and Mahler. In December 2006, the Rotterdam Philharmonic announced the appointment of Nézet-Séguin as their 11th Principal Conductor, starting with the 2008-09 season and this contract has since been extended through to 2015. With the Rotterdam Philharmonic, he has recorded commercially for Virgin Classics and for EMI. He initially served as guest conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra at the invitation of Charles Dudoit and in 2010 was appointed 8th Music Director of the orchestra starting with the 2012=13 season.
Nézet-Séguin has also made appearances with the Metropolitan Opera in New York and in the UK with the Northern Sinfonia, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
In 2011 he received an honorary doctorate from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Nézet-Séguin has received many other honours, such as the Virginia Parker Prize, the Prix Opus, the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artists in 2009 and the Companion of the Order of Canada in 2012. Photo courtesy of Marco Borggreve