Stéphane Denève is music director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, artistic director of the New World Symphony, and principal guest conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. He recently concluded tenures as principal guest conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra and music director of the Brussels Philharmonic, having previously served as chief conductor of Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR) and music director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Recognized internationally for the exceptional quality of his performances and programming, he 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.
In North America, Denève made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra — with which he has appeared several times both in Boston and at Tanglewood — and he regularly conducts ensembles including the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and National Symphony Orchestra (of Washington, DC). He is also a popular guest at numerous US summer music festivals, including the Hollywood Bowl, Music Academy of the West, and the Bravo! Vail, Blossom, Grand Teton, and Sun Valley music festivals.
Denève’s recent and upcoming international engagements include appearances in Europe with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra sinfonica dell’accademia nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre national de France, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Vienna Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, DSO Berlin, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, WDR Cologne, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he was invited to conduct the 2020 Nobel Prize concert. In Asia he has conducted the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and Seoul Philharmonic.
A gifted communicator and educator, Stéphane Denève is committed to inspiring the next generation of musicians and listeners. In addition to his position with the New World Symphony and his longstanding relationship with the Colburn School, he has worked regularly with young people in programs including those of the Tanglewood Music Center, European Union Youth Orchestra, and Music Academy of the West.
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