Philadelphia’s next maestro

    A young talent from Montreal

    The Philadelphia Orchestra will be conducted by up-and-coming international superstar Yannick Nezet-Seguin in the coming years. The orchestra announced a seven year contract with Nezet-Seguin as its new Music Director Monday.

    A native of Montreal, the 35 year old Nezet-Seguin is considered one of the hottest young talents in the classical music world. He has conducted the Rotterdam Orchestra for the past two years, during which time he was also the Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic.

    Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore says in a time of tight budgets, she expects Nezet-Seguin to draw donations and sell tickets.

    “Sure, it’s important when you make an appointment of a new music director that there’s a sense of what that person will give back musically and to this community, and I am confident that Philadelphia will find a partner with Yannick.”

    The orchestra projects a $1.6 Million deficit for the end of this season.

    Nezet-Seguin will be Music Director Designate for two years before fully taking the reins from Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit, who will then become conductor laureate.

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