Stéphane Denève is music director of the Brussels Philharmonic, principal guest conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, music director designate (2019–20) of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and director of the Centre for Future Orchestral Repertoire (CffOR). He has previously served as chief conductor of Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR) and music director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
He is a frequent guest with leading orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra della Accademia nazionale di Santa Cecilia, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre national de France, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and the NHK, San Francisco, Toronto, and Vienna symphony orchestras. In the 2018–19 season he is leading the Brussels Philharmonic on a major US tour.
Recognized internationally for the exceptional quality of his performances and programming, Mr. 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 a passionate advocate for music of the 21st century. A gifted communicator and educator, he is committed to inspiring the next generation of musicians and listeners, and has worked regularly with young people in programs such as those of the Tanglewood Music Center, New World Symphony, Colburn School, and Music Academy of the West.
In the field of opera, Stéphane Denève has led productions at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as well as Glyndebourne Festival, Teatro alla Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Saito Kinen Festival, Gran Teatro de Liceu, Netherlands Opera, La Monnaie, Deutsche Oper Am Rhein, and Opéra national de Paris.
As a recording artist, he 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 de l’Année, has been shortlisted as Gramophone’s Artist of the Year, and has won the prize for symphonic music at the International Classical Music Awards. His most recent releases include discs of Prokofiev suites and the works of Guillaume Connesson with the Brussels Philharmonic, as well as recordings with Lucas and Arthur Jussen and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, all for Deutsche Grammophon.