The Conductors

Ludovic Morlot

Music Director

French conductor Ludovic Morlot is Music Director of the Seattle Symphony. His many highlights of his first three seasons included an exhilarating performance at Carnegie Hall in May 2014, of which The New York Times wrote, “The performance Mr. Morlot coaxed from his players was rich with shimmering colours and tremulous energy.” During the 2014–2015 season Ludovic and the Seattle Symphony will continue to invite their audiences to “Listen Boldly,” presenting a wide variety of works, ranging from Dvořák’s final three symphonies, the Mozart Requiem, Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette and Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, to pieces by Ives, Dutilleux and Esa-Pekka Salonen, to world premieres by Sebastian Currier, Julian Anderson and Trimpin. Complemented by the innovative Symphony Untuxed and [untitled] series, this season also sees the release of several more recordings, conducted by Morlot, on the orchestra’s new label, Seattle Symphony Media.

Morlot is also Chief Conductor of La Monnaie, one of Europe’s most prestigious opera houses. This season sees him conduct the world-premiere performance of Pascal Dusapin’s Penthesilea and a new production of Don Giovanni, concert performances of music by Brahms, Dutilleux and Dvořák, and Berlioz’s L'enfance du Christ and a complete symphony cycle by Schumann. Last season he conducted new productions of La clemenza di Tito and Jenůfa and orchestral performances in both Brussels and Aix-en-Provence.

Morlot’s orchestral engagements this season include returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has a particularly close relationship with the latter, with which he will conduct two subscription weeks, including the world-premiere performance of Anne Clyne’s Violin Concerto. He also has a strong connection with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which he conducts regularly in Boston and Tanglewood, and recently on a West Coast tour. This relationship began in 2001 when he was the Seiji Ozawa Fellowship Conductor at the Tanglewood Music Center and was subsequently appointed Assistant Conductor for the orchestra and their Music Director James Levine (2004–07).

Morlot has also conducted the New York Philharmonic and the symphony orchestras of Cleveland, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Morlot has conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in London and on tour in Germany. Other recent notable performances have included the Budapest Festival, Czech Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Orchestre National de France, Royal Concertgebouw, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. Morlot served as conductor in residence with the Orchestre National de Lyon under David Robertson (2002–04).

Trained as a violinist, Morlot studied conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London and then at the Royal College of Music as recipient of the Norman del Mar Conducting Fellowship. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in 2007 in recognition of his significant contribution to music. He is Chair of Orchestral Conducting Studies at the University of Washington School of Music, and lives in Seattle with his wife, Ghizlane, and their two children.

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