Ludovic Morlot, now in his third season as the Seattle Symphony’s Music Director, has established a reputation as one of the leading conductors of his generation. In January 2012, he assumed a second post as Chief Conductor of La Monnaie/De Munt, one of the most prestigious opera houses in Europe.
In 2011–2012, his inaugural season with the Seattle Symphony, Morlot enjoyed critical acclaim for leading the Orchestra in performances of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust, and Holst’s The Planets; the inaugural presentation of Sonic Evolution, a commissioning project designed by Morlot to feature new works honoring Seattle’s musical heritage; and a season-long exploration of the music of French composer Henri Dutilleux. Morlot’s second season, 2012–2013, was marked with further critical success, including sell-out performances of Britten’s War Requiem, RachFest, an immensely popular cycle of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos, and the Seattle Symphony’s first-ever performance of Messiaen’s Turangalîla.
Guest-conducting highlights in recent seasons include two subscription weeks and a West Coast tour of the U.S. with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, performances with the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony, where he appears frequently, and debuts with Orchestre National de France, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Berlin Radio Symphony and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, among others. Morlot has also conducted the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic and the Tonhalle Orchestra (Zürich)
During 2012–2013, his first full season with La Monnaie, Morlot’s programs included Alfred Bruneau’s Requiem as well productions of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande and Mozart’s Così fan tutte. He also leads the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra — all re-engagements — and makes his first appearance at the Saito-Kinen Festival in Japan, conducting both the Saito-Kinen and Academy Orchestras.
Morlot has collaborated with many distinguished singers, including Renée Fleming, Barbara Hannigan, Dawn Upshaw, Jessye Norman and Thomas Hampson; and with a number of prominent instrumental soloists as well, including Christian Tetzlaff, Gil Shaham, Renaud Capuçon, Lynn Harrell, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Frank Peter Zimmermann and Emanuel Ax.
Morlot has maintained a close working relationship with the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 2001, when he was the Seiji Ozawa Fellowship Conductor at the Tanglewood Music Center. He was subsequently appointed the orchestra’s assistant conductor, working with its Music Director, James Levine, and conducting several performances (2004–2007). Morlot served as conductor in residence with the Orchestre National de Lyon under David Robertson (2002–2004).
Trained as a violinist, Morlot studied conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London and then at the Royal College of Music as a recipient of the Norman del Mar Conducting Fellowship. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2007 in recognition of his significant contribution to music.
Morlot, his wife Ghizlane and their two children reside in Seattle.