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Visiting Artist

Stéphane Denève

Stéphane Denève is Chief Conductor of Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR) and the former Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Recognised internationally for the exceptional quality of his performances and programming, he regularly appears at major concert venues with the world’s leading orchestras and soloists.

Recent engagements include his Carnegie Hall debut with Boston Symphony, and appearances with Chicago Symphony, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, NDR Symphony Hamburg and Swedish Radio Symphony.  With the Royal Scottish National Orchestra he has performed at Europe’s most prestigious festivals and venues including the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, Festival Présences, Vienna Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Théatre des Champs-Elysées.

Upcoming highlights include the opening of his second season as Music Director of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR) and major tours to Europe and Asia; his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Les contes d’Hoffmann for the Gran Teatre del Liceu; and return visits to the Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, New World Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Sao Paulo Symphony and BBC Symphony.

As a recording artist, Stéphane Denève has won critical acclaim for his recordings of the works of Debussy (Chandos), Roussel (Naxos), Franck (Naïve) and Connesson (Chandos) – all with the RSNO. His first disc in the Roussel cycle was awarded a prestigious Diapason d'Or de l'année, and in 2012 he was shortlisted for Gramophone’s Artist of the Year award.

A graduate and prize-winner of the Paris Conservatoire, Stéphane Denève began his career as Sir Georg Solti's assistant with the Orchestre de Paris and  Paris National Opera, and also assisted Georges Prêtre and Seiji Ozawa during this time.  At home in a broad range of repertoire, he has a special affinity for the music of his native France, and is also a champion of new music.

He enjoys close relationships with many of the world's leading solo artists, and has performed, among others, with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Leif Ove Andsnes, Piotr Anderszewski, Emanuel Ax, Lars Vogt, Nikolai Lugansky, Paul Lewis, Yo-Yo Ma, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Nikolaj Znaider, Pinchas Zukerman, Joshua Bell, Leonidas Kavakos, Hilary Hahn, Vadim Repin, Gil Shaham, Nathalie Dessay and Nina Stemme.

In the field of opera, Stéphane Denève has conducted productions at the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne Festival, La Scala, Gran Teatro de Liceu, Netherlands Opera, La Monnaie, Opéra National de Paris, the Teatro Comunale Bologna, and Cincinnati Opera.


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