Biographies

Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Music Director

Yannick Nézet-Séguin is currently in his tenth season as music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Additionally, he became the third music director in the history of New York’s Metropolitan Opera in August 2018.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the world’s preeminent orchestras. It strives to share the transformative power of music with the widest possible audience, and to create joy, connection, and excitement through music in the Philadelphia region, across the country, and around the world. Through innovative programming, robust educational initiatives, and commitment to the community, the ensemble is on a path to create an expansive future for classical music, and to further the place of the arts in an open and democratic society.

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Nathalie Stutzmann
Principal Guest Conductor

Nathalie Stutzmann begins her role as The Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal guest conductor with the 2021–22 season. The three-year contract will involve a regular presence in the Orchestra’s subscription series in Philadelphia and at its summer festivals in Vail, Colorado, and Saratoga Springs, New York. She made her Philadelphia Orchestra conducting debut in 2016. She is also in her fourth season of a highly successful tenure as chief conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, which has recently been extended through the 2022–23 season.

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Gabriela Lena Frank
Composer-in-Residence

Currently serving as composer-in-residence with The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin and included in the Washington Post’s list of the 35 most significant women composers in history (August 2017), composer/pianist Gabriela Lena Frank has always placed identity at the center of her music. Born in Berkeley, California, in September 1972 to a mother of mixed Peruvian/Chinese ancestry and a father of Lithuanian/Jewish descent, she explores her multicultural heritage through her compositions.

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Erina Yashima
Assistant Conductor

German-born Erina Yashima began her tenure as assistant conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra in September 2019. In this role she assists Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin as well as guest conductors, and leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in a variety of educational and special concerts.

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Lina Gonzalez-Granados
Conducting Fellow

Praised for her “attention to orchestral colors” (OperaWire) and ability to create “lightning changes in tempo, meter, and effect” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), Colombian-American Lina Gonzalez-Granados began her tenure as conducting fellow of The Philadelphia Orchestra with the 2019–20 season. She has distinguished herself nationally and internationally as a talented young conductor of symphonic and operatic repertoire. Her spirted interpretations of the orchestral repertoire, as well as her dedication to highlighting new and unknown works by Latin-American composers, have earned her international recognition, most recently as a recipient of the 2021 Sphinx Medal of Excellence, the Third Prize and ECHO (European Concert Hall Organization) Special Award at La Maestra Competition, and the 2020 and 2021 Solti Foundation US Career Assistance Award.

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David Kim
Concertmaster

Violinist David Kim was named concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999. Born in Carbondale, Illinois, in 1963, he started playing the violin at the age of three, began studies with the famed pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at the age of eight, and later received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School.

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Matías Tarnopolsky
President and CEO

Matías Tarnopolsky began his role as president and chief executive officer of The Philadelphia Orchestra Association in August 2018. Highlights of his tenure to date include receiving the largest gift in the Orchestra’s history, launching a visionary free ticket program for the School District of Philadelphia, strengthening the historic and deep ties with China through new partnerships, and negotiating an extraordinary early contract with the musicians of the Orchestra.

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