The Philadelphia Orchestra announced today the appointment of Nathalie Stutzmann as its new Principal Guest Conductor. The three-year term, commencing September 2021, will see Nathalie lead subscription concerts, special projects and community initiatives, while also serving as a key member of the creative planning process.
Commenting on the announcement, Nathalie Stutzman said:
“It is a privilege and an honour to become the Principal Guest Conductor of the iconic Philadelphia Orchestra – outstanding music making, heartfelt playing and emotional moments inhabit my soul every time I think about those marvellous musicians. I have always felt close to Yannick Nézet-Séguin and I am thrilled that through this new role I have the opportunity work under the same roof. The team work off-stage is just as important to the success of a partnership with an orchestra as what happens on stage, and I am also very much looking forward to the team work with Matias Tarnopolsky, Jeremy Rothman and the whole management team.”
The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Music Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, added:
“Nathalie is a kindred spirit whose background as a contralto and work as a conductor have influenced her dynamic and highly successful career. She brings a depth of artistry, charismatic musicianship and creativity to her work, making her an ideal collaborator. I look forward to watching her connection with the musicians of the Orchestra grow even deeper over the next three years and to experiencing her contributions to our artistic vision.”
Nathalie made her Philadelphia Orchestra debut as a vocalist in 1997 performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle, and her conducting debut in 2016 leading Handel’s Messiah. She returned to Philadelphia in February 2019 for her subscription series debut and last conducted the orchestra in October 2019. Her next concerts with the orchestra will take place in March 2021.
Recent conducting highlights for Nathalie include concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, Seattle Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony and Rotterdam Philharmonic. The coming months will see her return to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Minnesota Orchestra, debut at the Metropolitan Opera and lead concerts with the Kristiansand Symfoniorkester where she is Chief Conductor.