The prestigious classical music industry bible, Musical America, has just named Yannick 2016 Artist of the Year. Not only does this put our beloved music director in the company of such previous honorees as Leonard
Bernstein, Itzhak Pearlman, James Levine, Plácido Domingo, Anne-Sophie Mutter, and Yo-Yo Ma, but it splashes his smiling face across the cover of Musical America Worldwide, seen by music industry leaders across the globe. (The shot, a classic Philly skyscape, was taken just after the Orchestra performed for Pope Francis on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway last month.)
“I am deeply and sincerely honored to accept this prestigious honor,” says Yannick. “In truth, this goes to all of the musicians I conduct, in Philadelphia, Rotterdam, and Montreal, and throughout the world. These are the people creating the magic that connects audiences to the music, spreading messages of hope and joy.”
Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore says this latest praise is richly deserved. “Yannick performs in front of millions, yet projects an intimacy that connects him on the most genuine level with musicians and audiences alike. This is a great honor for him, and for Philadelphia, and it is magnificent to see that the world recognizes what we have known since his striking debut with our Orchestra in December 2008.”
As the New York Times points out, this has already been quite a spectacular fall season for Yannick. Conducting for the Pope … opening night at the Metropolitan Opera … even throwing out the first pitch at a Phillies game. What’s next? Stay tuned!
Photo: Chris Lee