Stéphane Denève is chief conductor of Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra and principal guest conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and he became chief conductor of the Brussels Philharmonic and director of its Centre for Future Orchestral Repertoire in September 2015. Formerly music director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (2005–12), he is recognized internationally for the exceptional quality of his performances and programming and regularly appears at major concert venues with the world’s leading orchestras and soloists. Mr. Denève has a special affinity for the music of his native France, and is a passionate advocate for new music. Recent European engagements have included appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, London Symphony, Philharmonia, and Swedish Radio Symphony orchestras, as well as Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin and Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. In North America he made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with whom he is a frequent guest both in Boston and at Tanglewood, and he appears regularly with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and San Francisco Symphony. He enjoys close relationships with many of the world’s leading solo artists, including Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Leif Ove Andsnes, Yo-Yo Ma, Leonidas Kavakos, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Nikolaj Znaider, Gil Shaham, Piotr Anderszewski, Emanuel Ax, Lars Vogt, Nikolai Lugansky, Paul Lewis, Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Vadim Repin, and Nathalie Dessay. In the world of opera, Mr. Denève has led productions at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and at Glyndebourne Festival, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Saito Kinen Festival, Gran Teatro de Liceu, Netherlands Opera, Brussels’s Théâtre de la Monnaie, and Opéra national de Paris. As a recording artist, he has won critical acclaim for his recordings of the works of Poulenc, Debussy, 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. A graduate and prizewinner of the Paris Conservatoire, Stéphane 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 through programs at the Tanglewood Music Center and New World Symphony.
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