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Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Honorary conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Yannick Nézet-Séguin (born Montréal, 1975) has been the honorary conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra since 2018. He started piano lessons at the age of five. He later entered the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec in Montreal, studying piano, composition, chamber music and conducting. While attending the Conservatoire, Yannick Nézet-Séguin also studied choral conducting at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. After his studies he continued his training with a number of famous conductors, among them Carlo Maria Giulini.

In 2000 Yannick Nézet-Séguin was appointed as artistic director and chief conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal – a position he still holds today. He conducted his first opera production in that same year. In 2005 he made his debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, becoming its chief conductor with effect from the 2008-2009 season. He is also chief conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra and former principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He has led all the world’s great orchestras as a guest conductor and has conducted opera productions in the most prestigious theatres.

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