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Biographies

Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Music Director 

Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is now confirmed to lead The Philadelphia Orchestra for a decade into the future, through the 2025-26 season, an extraordinary and significant long-term commitment. Additionally, he will become the third music director in the history of the Metropolitan Opera, beginning with the 2021-22 season, and from 2017-18 will be music director designate. This consolidates Nézet-Séguin’s professional activity around two of the world’s pre-eminent artistic organizations, concentrating and honing his musical future.

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Stéphane Denève

Principal Guest Conductor

Stéphane Denève has recently extended his contract as principal guest conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra through the 2019-20 season. He spends multiple weeks each year with the ensemble, conducting subscription, Family, tour, and summer concerts. His 2016-17 subscription season appearances include a Rachmaninoff Festival, where all four of the composer’s piano concertos, in addition to other works, will be heard; performances of John Williams’s iconic score to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial while the movie is shown in its entirety; and a tour to Florida, his second with the ensemble.

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Cristian Măcelaru

Conductor-in-Residence

Winner of the 2014 Solti Conducting Award and newly appointed music director and conductor of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (beginning in 2017), Cristian Măcelaru is conductor-in-residence of The Philadelphia Orchestra. He began his tenure with that ensemble as assistant conductor in September 2011, and in recognition of his artistic contributions to the Orchestra, his title was elevated to associate conductor in November 2012.

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Kensho Watanabe

Assistant Conductor

Kensho Watanabe is assistant conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra and conducting fellow of the San Diego Symphony. He was the inaugural conducting fellow of the Curtis Institute of Music from 2013 to 2015, under the mentorship of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. 

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Charles Dutoit

Conductor Laureate

Captivating audiences throughout the world, Charles Dutoit is one of today’s most sought-after conductors, having performed with all the major orchestras on most stages of the five continents. 

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David Kim

Concertmaster

Violinist David Kim was named concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999. Born in Carbondale, IL, in 1963, he started playing the violin at the age of three, began studies with the famed pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at the age of eight, and later received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School. 

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The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the preeminent orchestras in the world, renowned for its distinctive sound, desired for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for a legacy of imagination and innovation on and off the concert stage. The Orchestra is inspiring the future and transforming its rich tradition of achievement, sustaining the highest level of artistic quality, but also challenging—and exceeding—that level, by creating powerful musical experiences for audiences at home and around the world.

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Allison Vulgamore

President and CEO

Allison Vulgamore, president and chief executive officer of The Philadelphia Orchestra Association, is driven by her deep passion for the transformative power of orchestral music, and is known as a strategic and collaborative leader with a global vision, as well as a unique gift for navigating organizational challenges with grace. 

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