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. He served as chief conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR), from 2011 to 2016, and music director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, from 2005 to 2012.
He has a special affinity for the music of his native France, is a passionate advocate for new music, and is committed to inspiring the next generation of musicians and listeners as a communicator and educator, having 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, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, and the San Francisco, St. Louis, and Toronto symphony orchestras. Other recent appearances include the Vienna, Boston, and NHK symphony orchestras, Munich and Czech Philharmonic orchestras, and Orchestre National de France. In the field of opera, Stéphane Denève has led productions at the Glyndebourne Festival, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Saito Kinen Festival, Gran Teatro de Liceu, Netherlands Opera, La Monnaie, Deutsche Oper Am Rhein, Opéra National de Paris, 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 de l’année, 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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