Principal Guest Conductor
Stéphane Denève has recently extended his contract as principal guest conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra through the 2019-20 season. He spends multiple weeks each year with the ensemble, conducting subscription, Family, tour, and summer concerts. His 2016-17 subscription season appearances include a Rachmaninoff Festival, where all four of the composer’s piano concertos, in addition to other works, will be heard; performances of John Williams’s iconic score to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial while the movie is shown in its entirety; and a tour to Florida, his second with the ensemble. Mr. Denève has become very well known to audiences at Verizon Hall, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, having appeared as guest conductor numerous times since making his debut in 2007. He has led more programs than any other guest conductor during that time period, in repertoire that has spanned more than 100 works, ranging from Classical through the contemporary, including presentations with dance, theater, film, and cirque performers.
Mr. Denève is also chief conductor of the Brussels Philharmonic and director of its Centre for Future Orchestral Repertoire (CffOR). From 2011 to 2016 he was chief conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra and from 2005 to 2012 music director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Recent engagements in Europe and Asia include appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Vienna Symphony, the Munich Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de France, the London Symphony, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Czech Philharmonic, and the NHK Symphony. In North America Mr. Denève made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 with the Boston Symphony, with which he has been a frequent guest both in Boston and at Tanglewood. He appears regularly with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Toronto Symphony. He made his New York Philharmonic debut in 2015.
Mr. Denève enjoys close relationships with many of the world’s leading artists, including Jean-Yves Thibaudet, James Ehnes, Leif Ove Andsnes, Yo-Yo Ma, Leonidas Kavakos, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Nikolaj Znaider, Gil Shaham, Piotr Anderszewski, Emanuel Ax, Lars Vogt, Nikolaï Lugansky, Paul Lewis, Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Vadim Repin, and Natalie Dessay.
In the field of opera Mr. Denève has conducted productions at the Royal Opera House, the Glyndebourne Festival, La Scala, the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Netherlands Opera, La Monnaie in Brussels, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and the Opéra National de Paris. In the 2016-17 season he makes his debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
As a recording artist, Mr. Denève has won critical acclaim for his recordings of the works of Poulenc, Debussy, Ravel, Roussel, Franck, and Connesson. He is a double winner of the Diapason d’Or de l’Année, was shortlisted in 2012 for Gramophone’s Artist of the Year award, and won the prize for symphonic music at the 2013 International Classical Music Awards. His most recent release is a disc of the works of Connesson with the Brussels Philharmonic for Deutsche Grammophon.
A graduate of, and prizewinner at, the Paris Conservatory, Mr. Denève worked closely in his early career with Georg Solti, Georges Prêtre, and Seiji Ozawa. He is committed to inspiring the next generation of musicians and listeners, and works regularly with young people in the programs of the Tanglewood Music Center and the New World Symphony.
For further information please visit www.stephanedeneve.com.
Photo by Jessica Griffin