Biography

Conductor

LUDOVIC MORLOT was recently appointed Music Director of the Barcelona Symphony, starting in September 2022. He was previously music director of the Seattle Symphony, where his innovative programming encompassed theatrical productions, performances outside the traditional concert hall, collaborations with musicians from different genres, and commissions and world premieres. Some of these projects, including John Luther Adams’s Become Ocean and Aaron Jay Kernis’s Violin Concerto, earned the orchestra five Grammy awards, as well as the distinction of being named Gramophone’s 2018 Orchestra of the Year.
Mr. Morlot is now Conductor Emeritus in Seattle, and in 2019 was appointed Associate Artist of the BBC Philharmonic. He was artistic director and a founding member of the National Youth Orchestra of China, and was chief conductor of La Monnaie opera house in Brussels. As a guest conductor, he has led the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Dresden Staaksapelle, London Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, and Melbourne Symphony.

This season, Mr. Morlot led a concert performance of Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre at Seattle Opera, returned to the Philadelphia Orchestra, and also conducted the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Taipei Symphony. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut last November. He is affiliate professor at the University of Washington School of Music and a visiting artist at the Colburn School, and 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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