Stéphane Denève , Conductor
Stéphane Denève is Chief Conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Chief Conductor of the Brussels Philharmonic and Director of the Centre for Future Orchestral Repertoire (CffOR). From 2005 to 2012 he was Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Recognised internationally for the exceptional quality of his performances and programming, he regularly appears at major concert venues with the world’s leading orchestras and soloists. He has a special affinity for the music of his native France, and is also a passionate advocate for new music.
European and Asian engagements have included appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Orchestre National de France, the Swedish Radio Symphony, and the NHK Symphony. In the USA he made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 with Boston Symphony Orchestra, with whom he is a frequent guest both in Boston and at Tanglewood, and he appears regularly the Chicago Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony. He made his New York Philharmonic debut in 2015.
He enjoys close relationships with many of the world’s leading solo artists, including Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Leif Ove Andsnes, Yo-Yo Ma, Leonidas Kavakos, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Nikolaj Znaider, Gil Shaham, Piotr Anderszewski, Emanuel Ax, Lars Vogt, Nikolai Lugansky, Paul Lewis, Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Vadim Repin, and Nathalie Dessay.
Stéphane Denève has led operatic productions at the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne Festival, La Scala, Saito Kinen Festival, Gran Teatro de Liceu, Netherlands Opera, La Monnaie, and at the Opéra National de Paris.
As a recording artist, Stéphane Denève has won critical acclaim for his recordings of Poulenc, Debussy, Roussel, Franck and Connesson. He is a double winner of the Diapason d’Or de l’année, was shortlisted in 2012 for Gramophone’s Artist of the Year Award, and won the prize for symphonic music at the 2013 International Classical Music Awards.
A graduate and prize-winner of the Paris Conservatoire, Stéphane Denève worked closely in his early career with Sir Georg Solti, Georges Prêtre and Seiji Ozawa. He is committed to inspiring the next generation of musicians and listeners, and works regularly with young people in the programmes of the Tanglewood Music Center and New World Symphony.