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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Yannick Nézet-Séguin extends contract with Rotterdam Philharmonic to 2015

Music Director will stay with the orchestra until at least 2015 

Rotterdam, 23 April 2010 


The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will continue their collaboration until at least 2015. Today, managing director Hans Waege and Yannick Nézet-Seguin are signing a contract for a second three-year term. Nézet-Séguin made his debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic in 2005, and became the orchestra’s Music Director in 2008, taking over from Valery Gergiev. Since taking up the position, he has conducted many highly acclaimed concert projects, CD recordings and his first outstanding tours to the Far East and to North America. Future plans of the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Yannick Nézet-Séguin include their first appearance together at the BBC Proms this August and three performances at the Théatre des Champs-Élysées as part of their recently-announced Paris residency. 

“The best years are yet to come”


Yannick Nézet-Séguin took over from Valery Gergiev in 2008. The press then spoke of a “golden opportunity”: from the beginning, the Rotterdam Philharmonic and its new Music Director matched each other in musical colour, vitality and energy. Nézet-Séguin: “For me, it was love at first sight with the Rotterdam Philharmonic. It is an orchestra with a strong character in a city full of vitality. I felt at home immediately. It means a lot to me that we can deepen our relationship.”  


The orchestra shares that feeling fully, says Managing Director Hans Waege. “Yannick is an extraordinary talent, who has captured the audience's imagination. We have already experienced many unforgettable moments and are looking forward to building on what has been achieved already. We have many plans together: major projects to tour Germany, Central Europe, the UK and Asia, our residence stay in Paris, recording projects and new artistic projects. International character and local anchoring go hand in hand. The best years are yet to come.” 


“Youthful Intensity” – 
The New York Times

After two years in Rotterdam Nézet-Séguin's record is already very impressive. His performances of Bach and Beethoven were as enthusiastically received as his interpretations of Mahler and Messiaen. The Orchestra’s community arts projects involve young musical talents drawn from all over Rotterdam’s varied population and Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s work for this programme has proved a huge source of inspiration. 

Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra enjoy an excellent international reputation and the partnership features regularly in many leading musical centres. Their commercial recordings include Beethoven and Korngold violin concertos with Renaud Capucon; ‘Fantasy – a night at the opera’ with flautist Emmanuel Pahud; and Ravel orchestral works, all released within the last few months by EMI Classics/Virgin to outstanding reviews. Their concerts in New York were marked by “youthful intensity”, according to The New York Times
. Nézet-Séguin combines his position as Music Director in Rotterdam with the roles of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor at the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal and Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Future plans

The Rotterdam Philharmonic and Yannick Nézet-Séguin have several notable productions in the near future, including Turandot for Netherlands Opera next month and the diptych La voix humaine - L'enfant prodigue as part of the Rotterdam Opera Days in June. During the 2010/2011 season Nézet-Séguin will conduct repertoire ranging from the St. Matthew Passion to Mahler symphonies, and will conclude the 2010 Gergiev Festival with Mahler's Second Symphony. This year also includes three performances at the Théatre des Champs-Élysées as part of their recently-announced Paris residency; and their first appearance together at the BBC Proms in August. Also due for release in the coming months is the first of a series of recordings on the BIS label. This is a coupling of Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique and La Mort de Cléopâtre, featuring Anna Caterina Antonacci as soloist.  

www.RotterdamsPhilharmonisch.nl

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