Charles Dutoit is artistic director and principal conductor of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; conductor laureate of The Philadelphia Orchestra, a title honoring an artistic collaboration spanning 32 years; and music director emeritus of the NHK Symphony Orchestra, where he was previously principal conductor and later music director.
He recently received the 103rd Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal, one of classical music’s highest honors, founded in 1870 to celebrate the centenary of Beethoven’s birth. Mr. Dutoit served as artistic director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra for 25 years, and was music director of the Orchestre national de France from 1991 to 2001. He performs each season with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras and the Chicago, Boston, and San Francisco symphony orchestras, and is a regular guest on stages in London, Berlin, Paris, Munich, Moscow, Sydney, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Tokyo.
When still in his early 20s, Charles Dutoit was invited by Herbert von Karajan to conduct the Vienna Staatsoper. He has since conducted at The Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Rome Opera, Buenos Aires’s Teatro Colón, and The Royal Opera, Covent Garden.
Mr. Dutoit’s interest in supporting the younger generation has always held an important place in his career; he has been music director of the Sapporo Pacific Music Festival and Miyazaki International Music Festival in Japan; the Canton International Summer Music Academy in Guangzhou, China; the Lindenbaum Festival in Seoul, South Korea; and the Verbier Festival Orchestra, where he is now conductor emeritus.
His more than 200 recordings have garnered multiple awards and distinctions including two Grammys. In 2014 he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Classical Music Awards. A globetrotter motivated by his passion for history and archaeology, political science, art, and architecture, he has traveled in all 196 nations of the world.