Rotterdam OrchestraYannick Nézet-Séguin (b. Montreal, 1975) has been music director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic since 2008. He received his first piano lessons at the age of five. At the Montreal conservatory he studied piano, composition, chamber music and orchestral conducting. At the same time he was trained in choral conducting at the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. After his graduation he continued his studies with some of the greatest conductors, among whom was Carlo Maria Giulini.

In 2000 Yannick Nézet-Séguin was appointed artistic leader and principal conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal – a position he still holds. The same year he conducted his first opera production. Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s European debut, in 2004 with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, propelled his career. That season he debuted with seven orchestras, all of which immediately invited him back.

In 2005 Yannick Nézet-Séguin made his debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, which appointed him music director as of the 2008/2009 season. Yannick Nézet-Séguin is also music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra (starting 2012/2013) and principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (since 2008/2009). As a guest conductor he worked with all major orchestras worldwide, and he conducted opera productions in the most prestigious theatres.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic have made numerous successful tours, including concerts in London, Paris, Vienna, New York, Toronto, Tokyo and Beijing. In addition, they embarked upon a series of much lauded CDs, including an internationally awarded recording of orchestral works by Maurice Ravel for EMI Classics. Furthermore, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra combined their versatility in projects ranging from operas to family shows and from subscription concerts to community projects. The 2012/2013 schedule for Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic comprises two tours of Eastern Asia, concerts in the Grafenegg Festival and the Vienna Musikverein, a prolongation of their residency in the Paris Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and the first of a series of CD recordings for the Deutsche Grammophon label.

This performance marks Yannick Nézet-Séguin's La Jolla Music Society debut.

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