Yannick N_zet-S_guin to Succeed Valery Gergiev at Rotterdam Philharmonic

Classic Arts News   Yannick N_zet-S_guin to Succeed Valery Gergiev at Rotterdam Philharmonic
Thirty-one-year-old Canadian conductor Yannick N_zet-S_guin has been appointed to succeed Valery Gergiev as music director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, effective August 2008.

According to a statement from the Canadian label ATMA Classique, N_zet-S_guin was unanimously approved by the Rotterdam musicians.

N_zet-S_guin has been artistic director and principal conductor of the Orchestre m_tropolitain du Grand Montr_al since March 2000. He has led the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Flemish Radio Symphony, the Monte Carlo Philharmonic and the Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. He was named principal guest conductor of the Victoria Symphony in British Columbia in January 2003.

Since 2001 N_zet-S_guin has made seven recordings for ATMA Classique: four with the Orchestre m_tropolitain du Grand Montr_al and, as a pianist, three duo recital albums. His next CD with the OMGM, due for release early next year, features Bruckner's Symphony No. 7. In January 2006, he was awarded the Opus Prize for International Distinction.

Born in Montreal in 1975, N_zet-S_guin studied at the Conservatoire de musique du Qu_bec _ Montr_al, where he obtained five First Prizes, including a summa cum laude in piano. After his conservatory studies he worked and studied with Carlo Maria Giulini during that conductor's final year of performing, 1997-98.

The Rotterdam Philharmonic has a record of hiring chief conductors who go on to major international careers: in addition to Gergiev, N_zet-S_guin's predecessors in the post include James Conlon, Edo de Waart and Simon Rattle.

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