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Day 318 - Yannick Nézet-Séguin - conducting superstar

How do you get to lead two of the world's great musical institutions and not be a dictatorial monster? Introducing Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Born in Canada in 1975. Starting the piano at the age of five, he had decided by the age of ten that he would be a conductor. In 1995, he founded his own professional orchestral and vocal ensemble, La Chapelle de Montréal, and, despite his stratospheric international career he has never broken his links with his home of Montreal. He has been music director of the Orchestre Metropolitain since 2000 - a post he now holds for life. Following spells as principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic and Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic he is now music director of the fabled Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director of New York's Metropolitan Opera - again for life. So why? The answer is that in the era following the great dictator conductors he is wonderfully collegiate in the way he works. Players simply love him and soloists cannot believe how beautifully he accompanies them. Anyone who saw him conduct Mendelssohn's Reformation Symphony with the SCO a few years ago would have been in no doubt of his final destination - he is now the most in demand conductor in the world.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin at Carnegie Hall including interview - click here

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