Stéphane Denève is music director of the Brussels Philharmonic, principal guest conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, music director designate of the St. Louis Symphony, and director of the Centre for Future Orchestral Repertoire (CffOR). He served as chief conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (2011–16) and music director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (2005–12).
He has a special affinity for the music of his native France, and is a passionate advocate for new music. As a communicator and educator, he is committed to inspiring the next generation of musicians and listeners, and has worked regularly with young people at the Tanglewood Music Center and New World Symphony.
He is a frequent guest with orchestras such as Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra della Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Other recent appearances include the Vienna Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Czech Philharmonic, and NHK Symphony.
Stéphane Denève has led opera productions at Glyndebourne, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Saito Kinen Festival, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Dutch National Opera, La Monnaie, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Paris Opera, and The Royal Opera, Covent Garden.
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 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 are a disc of the works of Guillaume Connesson with the Brussels Philharmonic (awarded the Diapason d’Or de l’année, Caecilia Award, and Classica Magazine’s CHOC of the Year), and a disc with Lucas and Arthur Jussen and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, both for Deutsche Grammophon.
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