Judith Fong Conductor Emeritus
Following eight years as Music Director, Ludovic Morlot is now Conductor Emeritus of the Seattle Symphony. Morlot’s innovative programming encompassed not only his choice of repertoire, but theatrical productions and performances outside the traditional concert hall space. There were numerous collaborations with musicians from different genres, commissions and world premieres. Under Morlot’s baton, 19 recordings were released under the Seattle Symphony Media label, the orchestra received ﬁve Grammy Awards, and was named Gramophone’s 2018 Orchestra of the Year.
This season Morlot will make his subscription debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra and return to the Los Angeles, BBC, Seoul and Bergen Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony Orchestras. Morlot has a strong commitment to working with young musicians and will this season conduct student orchestras at Yale University and at the Royal Academy of Music in London, as well as returning to the Aspen Festival. In 2019 he led the National Youth Orchestra of China on their European Tour, having conducted their inaugural concerts in New York and China two years earlier.
Morlot has conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw, Czech Philharmonic, Dresden Staaksapelle, London Philharmonic, Budapest Festival, Tokyo Philharmonic and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. He has appeared at the BBC Proms, Wien Modern and Edinburgh Festivals. Other recent notable performances have included the New York Philharmonic, Chicago, Houston, Minnesota and Detroit Symphony Orchestras. Morlot has a particularly strong connection with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and has conducted the orchestra in subscription concerts in Boston, at Tanglewood and on a tour to the west coast of America.
Morlot was Chief Conductor of La Monnaie (2012–14). During this time he conducted several new productions including La Clemenza di Tito, Jenůfa and Pelléas et Mélisande.
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