Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads final concerts as Chief Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic



This weekend, Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads his final concerts as Chief Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic. The Jubilee concerts on 9 and 10 June mark the orchestra’s 100th anniversary, and are set to be the highpoint of this year’s centenary celebrations.

Joyce DiDonato © Simon Pauly

Joined on stage by Joyce DiDonato, who performs arias from Giulio Cesare, Ariodante, La clemenza di Tito, Adelson e Salvini and Il barbiere di Siviglia, Yannick will conduct a programme of Handel, Mozart, Berio, Rossini, Bellini and Respighi.

The concert on Saturday evening will be broadcast live by medici.tv.

Yannick became Chief Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic in 2008. Highlights of their 10-year long collaboration include highly successful tours to Asia and US, plus regular appearances on numerous European stages, including Paris and Brussels.

Together, they won the 2015 Edison Classical Orchestra Award, for their recording of Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, and last year released the world premiere recording of Robin de Raaff’s Cello Concerto with Marien van Staalen.

Yannick will continue a close relationship with the orchestra as Honorary Conductor, with upcoming concerts in Rotterdam in August 2018 and March 2019. As part of a farewell tour this summer, Yannick and the orchestra will perform at various festivals, including the BBC Proms (28 Aug), Lucerne Festival (31 Aug) and Musikfest Berlin (2 Sep).

To coincide with the Jubilee concerts, a 6-CD collection of previously unissued live recordings hand-picked by Yannick will be released by Deutsche Grammophon, with who Yannick has recently signed an exclusive contract. The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra Collection includes performances of Mahler’s Tenth and Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphonies, the world-premiere recording of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Piano Concerto with Marc-André Hamelin, and Haydn’s Mourning Symphony.

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