One of today’s most sought after conductors, Charles Dutoit has performed with all the world’s major orchestras, on stages across five continents. He is artistic director and principal conductor of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Recently named conductor laureate of The Philadelphia Orchestra in celebration of his 30-year artistic collaboration with that ensemble, he previously served as music director of the orchestra’s seasons at the Mann Music Center for ten years and of its Saratoga Performing Arts Center seasons for 21 years. He also was artistic director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra for 25 years, and music director of the Orchestre national de France from 1991 to 2001. In 1996 he was appointed principal conductor — and soon thereafter, music director — of Tokyo’s NHK Symphony Orchestra; today he is its music director emeritus. His 200-plus recordings for Decca, Deutsche Grammophone, EMI, Philips, and Erato have earned multiple awards and distinctions, including two Grammys.
Mr. Dutoit regularly collaborates with the Chicago, Boston, and San Francisco symphony orchestras, as well as the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonic orchestras. He is also a regular guest in London, Berlin, Paris, Munich, Moscow, Sydney, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. When he was in his early 20s Herbert Von Karajan invited Mr. Dutoit to conduct the Vienna Staatsoper. He has since conducted at The Metropolitan Opera, Berlin’s Deutsche Oper, Rome Opera, Buenos Aires’s Teatro Colón, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Charles Dutoit’s interest in the younger generation has always held an important place in his career, and he has served as music director of the Sapporo Pacific Music Festival and Miyazaki International Music Festival, in Japan, and the Canton International Summer Music Academy, in Guangzhou, China. In 2009 he became music director of the Verbier Festival Orchestra.
Mr. Dutoit’s honors include Honorary Citizen of the City of Philadelphia (1991), Grand Officier de l'Ordre national du Québec (1995), Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the government of France (1996), and Honorary Officer of the Order of Canada (1998). In 2007 he received the Gold Medal of the city of Lausanne (his birthplace), and in 2014 he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Classical Music Awards. He holds honorary doctorates from McGill, Montreal, and Laval universities, as well as the Curtis Institute of Music. 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.
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