June 15th 2010

Nezet-Seguin named new Philly conductor

Thirty-five year old Canadian conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin is the new music director for the Philadelphia Orchestra. Starting in 2012, he begins a five-year contract to lead the city’s orchestra… In addition to the two others he already works with.

Succeeding Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit, Montreal-native Nezet-Seguin accepted the assignment after two guest-conducting gigs with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

As one of the States’ largest orchestras, his appointment comes just ten years after having received his first post as music director for the Orchestre Metropolitain in Montreal.

Canadian and American art music fans would agree; having Nézet-Séguin is exciting news. A breath of fresh air. A boyish charm. A young energy. All that light up the orchestra as he leads them.

According to an in-depth article from the Philadelphia Inquirer, this is good news.”Sometimes you have to take a risk, and it doesn’t feel like a huge risk,” said one of the orchestra members. “The risk is that it’s only 75 percent of what is hoped for, and the best case is that it’s 110 percent.”

The 110-year-old orchestra is currently struggling through some financial issues. Their latest projection estimates a $1.6 million deficit at the end of the season. The hope are that the new director will, perhaps, stimulate generosity.

Nézet-Séguin’s arrival in Philadelphia will be in phases. In 2010-11, as music-director-designate, he will conduct two weeks. In 2011-12, he’ll conduct five. In his first season, 2012-2013, he will conduct up to seven. The numbers will increase to 15 weeks in the following two years, then 16 weeks in the final two. He also leading subscription concerts, special events, tours and summer appearances.

This will keep him busy, especially since he will still be leading the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, as well as representing the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra as music director and principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Read more from the Philidelphia Inquirer.

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