Yan Pascal Tortelier

Yan Pascal Tortelier began his musical career as a violinist and at fourteen won first prize for violin at the Paris Conservatory and also made his debut as a soloist with the London Philharmonic. Following musical studies with Nadia Boulanger, Mr. Tortelier studied conducting with Franco Ferrara at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, and from 1974 to 1983 he was associate conductor of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. Other positions have included principal conductor and artistic director of the Ulster Orchestra (1989 to 1992) and principal guest conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony (2005 to 2008). He was principal conductor of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra from 2009 to 2011 and currently holds the position of Guest Conductor of Honour. Following his work as chief conductor of the BBC Philharmonic between 1992 and 2003, he was given the title of Conductor Emeritus. He also holds the position of Principal Guest Conductor at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 1998 and appeared here most recently in February 2013.

Recent highlights have included Mr. Tortelier’s debut performances with the Iceland and Stavanger symphonies, and  return visits to the BBC Philharmonic and Hallé orchestras, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, and the Saint Louis, Cincinnati, and Baltimore symphonies. He also returned to Australia for performances with the Melbourne, Adelaide, and West Australian symphonies, and toured China with the London Philharmonic and South America and Europe with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra. Highlights of the 2013-14 season and beyond include performances with the Dresden Philharmonic, the Residentie Orkest of The Hague, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh, Utah, New Jersey, and Bournemouth symphonies.

Mr. Tortelier has enjoyed a long association with Chandos Records, for which he has recorded award-winning cycles of the orchestral music of Debussy, Ravel (featuring his own orchestration of Ravel's Piano Trio), Franck, Roussel, and Dutilleux. He has also conducted discs of repertory ranging from Hindemith and Kodály to Lutosławski and Karlowicz. Recent releases for Chandos include the Ravel piano concertos coupled with Debussy’s Fantaisie, with pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, and a disc of works by Florent Schmitt with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra.

(October 2013)