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Ludovic Morlot

Conductor

Ludovic Morlot

Biography

The French conductor Ludovic Morlot has been Music Director of the Seattle Symphony since 2011. Among the many highlights of his tenure, the orchestra has won two Grammy Awards and gave an exhilarating performance at Carnegie Hall in 2014. During the 2016/17 season, Ludovic and the Seattle Symphony will continue to invite their audiences to “listen boldly,” presenting Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, completing their cycle of Beethoven symphonies and piano concertos, and presenting several world premieres, including compositions by Agata Zubel and Gabriel Prokofiev. All of this will be complemented by the Seattle Symphony’s highly innovative series: Sonic Evolution and [UNTITLED]. This season will also see the release of several more recordings on the orchestra’s label, Seattle Symphony Media. A box set of music by Dutilleux was recently released to mark the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

This season, Ludovic returns to conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic and makes his debut with the Minnesota Orchestra. He has regular relationships with the New York Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony and has also conducted the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras. Ludovic has had a particularly strong connection with the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 2001, and has conducted the orchestra in subscription concerts in Boston, at Tanglewood, and on a tour to the west coast of the United States.

In Europe, Ludovic debuts this season with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in the closing concert of the prestigious Wien Modern festival, and the Netherlands Radio and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestras. He returns to the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Ludovic has conducted the Royal Concertgebouw, Dresden Staatskapelle, London Philharmonic Orchestra, DSO Berlin, Czech Philharmonic, Tonhalle, Budapest Festival, and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestras. He served as conductor-in-residence with the Orchestre National de Lyon under David Robertson (2002-04) and was Chief Conductor of La Monnaie for three years (2012-2014). In Brussels, he conducted several new productions including La clemenza di Tito, Jenufa, and Pelléas et Mélisande.

Trained as a violinist, Ludovic studied conducting in London at the Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in 2014 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.