Stéphane Denève is music director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and artistic director of the New World Symphony; in 2023 he becomes principal guest conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. His previous posts include principal guest conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, chief conductor of the Brussels Philharmonic and of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR), and music director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Renowned for the quality of his performances and programming, Denève regularly appears at major concert venues with the world’s greatest orchestras and soloists. He has a special affinity for the music of his native France, and is an advocate for 21st-century music.
Denève, who made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, regularly conducts the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, The Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, and the San Francisco and Toronto Symphony Orchestras. In 2022 he conducted John Williams’s 90th Birthday Gala with the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, DC); he is a popular guest at many US summer music festivals, including the Hollywood Bowl, Bravo! Vail, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Blossom Music Festival, Festival Napa Valley, Grand Teton Music Festival, and Music Academy of the West.
Denève’s recent and upcoming engagements include concerts with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (with whom he conducted the 2020 Nobel Prize concert), Orchestre national de France, Czech Philharmonic, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, DSO Berlin, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic. In the field of opera, he led a new production of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Netherlands Opera at the 2019 Holland Festival. He has also led productions at London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and at Opéra national de Paris, Glyndebourne Festival, Teatro alla Scala (Milan), Deutsche Oper Berlin, Saito Kinen Festival (Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan), Gran Teatro del Liceu (Barcelona, Spain), Royal Theatre of La Monnaie (Brussels, Belgium), and Deutsche Oper am Rhein.
A prize-winning graduate of the Paris Conservatoire, early in his career Denève worked closely with Georg Solti, Georges Prêtre, and Seiji Ozawa. A gifted communicator and educator, he is committed to inspiring the next generation of musicians and listeners, working regularly with Tanglewood Music Center, Colburn School, and European Union Youth Orchestra.