The French conductor Ludovic Morlot is Music Director of the Seattle Symphony. His first two seasons in this position have been received with huge enthusiasm by musicians and audience alike; who have appreciated not only the artistic excellence of the performances but his innovative programming and focus on collaborating with the local community. During the 2013/14 season he will conduct a gala concert with Lang Lang and works by many different composers including Boulez, Dusapin, Dvorak, Mahler, Verdi and full programmes of Ravel and Stravinsky. The orchestra will also perform at Carnegie Hall in New York, with a programme of works by John Luther Adams, Varèse and Debussy.
Ludovic Morlot is also Chief Conductor of La Monnaie. This season he will conduct new productions of La Clemenza di Tito and Jenufa as well as concert performances in both Brussels and Aix-en-Provence, including Britten’s War Requiem and Messiaen’s Trois petites liturgies. During his first season as Chief Conductor, he conducted productions of Pelléas et Mélisande and Cosi fan tutte as well as Alfred Bruneau’s Requiem.
During the 2013/14 season Ludovic will return to the Orchestre National de France and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. He will also close the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s subscription season with a performance in the Barbican of Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias and Fauré’s Requiem. Last season, Ludovic made his debut conducting at the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan and returned to the Royal Concertgebouw and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras.
Ludovic Morlot has regular relationships with the New York Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestras and has recently conducted the symphony orchestras in Philadelphia, Cleveland and Pittsburgh. He also has a strong connection with the Boston Symphony Orchestra whom he conducts regularly in Boston and Tanglewood and recently also on a tour to the west coast of America. This relationship started in 2001 when he was the Seiji Ozawa Fellowship Conductor at the Tanglewood Music Center and subsequently appointed assistant conductor for the orchestra and their Music Director James Levine (2004-07).
In Europe, Ludovic has made recent debuts with the Czech Philharmonic and the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Anne Sophie-Mutter, whom he conducted at the Royal Festival Hall and on tour in Germany. Other recent notable performances have included the Dresden Staatskapelle, Tonhalle, Budapest Festival, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestras. Ludovic served as conductor in residence with the Orchestre National de Lyon under David Robertson (2002-04).
Trained as a violinist, Ludovic 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. Ludovic was elected an Associate 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 in Seattle.