Ludovic Morlot

Ludovic Morlot © Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
BIOGRAPHY

Ludovic Morlot’s élan, elegance and intensity on stage have endeared him to audiences and orchestras worldwide, from the Berlin Philharmonic to the Boston Symphony. During his eight years as Music Director of the Seattle Symphony he pushed the boundaries of traditional concert programming, winning several Grammys.

He is currently Emeritus Director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and in 2019 was appointed Associate Artist of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he has maintained a close relationship for many years. Each season he returns to conduct both orchestras. He has recently been designated new Music Director of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra , to which he will join next 22-23 season. He has been artistic director and founding member of the China National Youth Orchestra from 2017 to 2021; he directed his inaugural concerts at Carnegie Hall and China in 2017 and toured Europe in 2019. Between 2012 and 2014 he was principal director of La Monnaie and directed new productions in Brussels and the Easter Festival. of Aix de Provence, com The clemency of Titus, Jenufa and Pelléas and Mélisande (Pel·leas and Melisenda).

Morlot has conducted the Berliner Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Czech Philharmonic, Dresden Staaksapelle, London Philharmonic and Budapest Festival orchestras, and many of the leading North American orchestras, notably the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras. Morlot has a particularly strong connection with Boston, having been the Seiji Ozawa Fellowship Conductor at Tanglewood and subsequently appointed assistant conductor for the Boston Symphony. Since then he has conducted the orchestra in Boston, at Tanglewood and on a tour to the west coast of America. He has also appeared extensively in Asia and Australasia, notably with the Seoul Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. Festival appearances have included the BBC Proms, Wien Modern, Edinburgh, and Aspen festivals.

His tenure in Seattle formed a hugely significant period in the musical journey of the orchestra. His innovative programming encompassed not only his choice of repertoire, but theatrical productions and performances outside the traditional concert hall space.

Trained as a violinist, he studied conducting at the Pierre Monteux School (USA) with Charles Bruck and Michael Jinbo. He continued his education in London at the Royal Academy and then at the Royal College as recipient of the Norman del Mar Conducting Fellowship. Ludovic is Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington School of Music in Seattle and a Visiting Artist at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in 2014 in recognition of his significant contribution to music.

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