Stéphane Denève is Chief Conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR), Principal Guest Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chief Conductor of the Brussels Philharmonic, and Director of the Centre for Future Orchestral Repertoire. From 2005 to 2012 he was music director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Mr. Denève regularly appears at major concert venues with the world’s leading orchestras and soloists. He maintains a special affinity for the music of his native France, and is also a champion of new music. He is committed to inspiring the next generation of musicians and listeners, and works regularly with young people in the programs of the Tanglewood Music Center and New World Symphony. A graduate and prize-winner of the Paris Conservatory, he worked closely in his early career with Georg Solti, Georges Prêtre, and Seiji Ozawa.
Recent engagements in Europe and Asia have included appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Vienna Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre National de France, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, and the Swedish Radio Symphony. In North America he made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with whom he is a frequent guest both in Boston and at Tanglewood. He made his New York Philharmonic debut in 2015, and he also appears regularly with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Mr. Denève made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2009.
Mr. Denève enjoys close relationships with many of the world's leading solo artists, including Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Leif Ove Andsnes, Yo-Yo Ma, Leonidas Kavakos, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Nikolaj Znaider, Gil Shaham, Piotr Anderszewski, Emanuel Ax, Lars Vogt, Nikolai Lugansky, Paul Lewis, Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Vadim Repin, and Natalie Dessay. As an opera conductor, he has led productions at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival, La Scala, Saito Kinen Festival, Gran Teatro de Liceu, Netherlands Opera, La Monnaie, and at the Opéra National de Paris.
As a recording artist, he has won critical acclaim for his recordings of the works of Poulenc, Debussy, Ravel, Roussel, Franck, and Connesson. He is a double winner of the Diapason d’Or de l’année, has been shortlisted for Gramophone’s Artist of the Year Award, and has won the prize for symphonic music at the International Classical Music Awards.