Stéphane Denève is music director of the Brussels Philharmonic and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and director of the Centre for Future Orchestral Repertoire (CffOR). He previously served as chief conductor of Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR) and music director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Mr. Denève regularly appears at major concert venues with the world’s great orchestras and soloists. He has a special affinity for the music of his native France and is a passionate advocate for music of the 21st century. Committed to inspiring the next generation of musicians and listeners, he has worked regularly with young people at the Tanglewood Music Center, New World Symphony, Colburn School, European Union Youth Orchestra, and Music Academy of the West.
He is a frequent guest with leading orchestras such as Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre national de France, Vienna Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and NHK Symphony Orchestra.
In the field of opera, Stéphane Denève has led productions at the Glyndebourne Festival, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Saito Kinen Festival, Gran Teatro de Liceu, Netherlands Opera, Bruzzels’s Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Deutsche Oper Am Rhein, Opéra national de Paris, and London’s Royal Opera, Covent Garden.
As a recording artist, Mr. Denève has won critical acclaim for his recordings of the works of Poulenc, Debussy, Ravel, Roussel, Franck, and Honegger. He is a triple winner of the Diapason d’Or of the Year, has been shortlisted for Gramophone’s Artist of the Year Award, and has won the prize for symphonic music at the International Classical Music Awards. His most recent releases include a live recording of Honegger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and two discs of the works of Guillaume Connesson with the Brussels Philharmonic for Deutsche Grammophon.