Seattle Symphony Press Kit

Ludovic Morlot

Music Director

Now in his fourth season as the Seattle Symphony’s Music Director, Ludovic Morlot has been received with remarkable enthusiasm by musicians and audiences alike, who have praised him for the artistic excellence of his performances, his innovative programming and his focus on community collaboration.

Morlot’s 2013–2014 Seattle Symphony highlights include the Opening Night Concert & Gala with Lang Lang, Masterworks Season performances featuring the works of Boulez, Dusapin, Dvořák, Mahler and Verdi, and full programs of Ravel and Stravinsky. May saw him lead the Seattle Symphony at Carnegie Hall in New York, with a program of works by John Luther Adams, Varèse and Debussy.

Morlot is also Chief Conductor of La Monnaie, one of Europe’s most prestigious opera houses. This past season he conducted new productions of La clemenza di Tito and Jenůfa, as well as concert performances in both Brussels and Aix-en-Provence, including Britten’s War Requiem and Messiaen’s Trois petites liturgies.

Morlot also returned to the Orchestre National de France and Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, and closed the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s subscription season. Morlot holds regular relationships with the New York Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He also has a strong connection with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which he conducts regularly in Boston and Tanglewood.

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 an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2007 in recognition of his significant contributions to music. He is Chair of Orchestral Conducting Studies at the University of Washington School of Music. Morlot, his wife Ghizlane and their two children reside in Seattle.

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