The French conductor Ludovic Morlot is Music Director of Seattle Symphony. Since he assumed this position he has energised the orchestra with his charisma and innovative programming, including several community projects and collaborations with local musicians. The number of patrons committing to subscription packages has also seen a significant increase since the start of his tenure. During the 2012/13 season he will conduct many different programmes including Mahler Symphony No 4, Beethoven Symphony No 9, Messiaen Turangalila Symphony, a gala concert with Joshua Bell and performances of Britten’s War Requiem. The season will culminate in the world premiere performance of John Luther Adams’ Become Ocean
Ludovic Morlot is also Chief Conductor of La Monnaie. During his first full season his programmes will include Alfred Bruneau’s Requiem as well as his first performances of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande and Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte. During 2010/11 he conducted Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias at Opéra National de Lyon and Opéra Comique in Paris. He has recently collaborated with many distinguished singers including Renée Fleming, Barbara Hannigan, Dawn Upshaw, Jessye Norman and Thomas Hampson.
During the 2012/13 season Ludovic will make his debut conducting at the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan and will return to the Royal Concertgebouw and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras. Last season he continued his long term collaboration with the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducting them in two subscription weeks and a tour to the west coast of America. He also has regular relationships with the New York Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestras and has recently conducted the symphony orchestras in Philadelphia, Cleveland and Pittsburgh.
In Europe, Ludovic’s debuts during 2011/12 included the Orchestre National de France, Dresdener Philharmonie, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. This followed on from recent successful debuts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Anne Sophie-Mutter, whom he conducted at the Royal Festival Hall and on tour in Germany, and with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Other recent notable performances have included the Dresden Staatskapelle, Tonhalle, Budapest Festival, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestras.
Ludovic Morlot has maintained a close working relationship with the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 2001 when he was the Seiji Ozawa Fellowship Conductor at the Tanglewood Music Center and subsequently appointed assistant conductor for the orchestra and their Music Director James Levine (2004-07). Ludovic served as conductor in residence with the Orchestre National de Lyon under David Robertson (2002-04).
Trained as a violinist, Ludovic studied conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London and then at the Royal College of Music as recipient of the Norman del Mar Conducting Fellowship. Ludovic was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2007 in recognition of his significant contribution to music.
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