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Yannick Nézet-Séguin/Philadelphia Orchestra Timeline of Achievements

June 02, 2016

Photo by Chris Lee

December 2008: Makes Philadelphia Orchestra debut conducting Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 (“Pathétique”) and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with André Watts

June 2010: Appointed eighth music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra beginning with the 2012-13 season

January 2011: Leads first performances of Mozart’s Requiem by The Philadelphia Orchestra in over 20 years, the first in a cycle of performances of the great requiems

January 2012: Conducts first Academy of Music Anniversary Concert featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma and vocalist Diana Krall

June 2012: Celebrates Leopold Stokowski’s legacy through four innovative, theatrically-inspired concerts at the Academy of Music, the Orchestra’s first significant return to the hall since 2001. These performances include conducting his first Family Concert in Philadelphia.

July-August 2012: Makes his debut at Philadelphia summer homes in Vail, CO, and Saratoga Springs, NY

October 2012: Officially begins tenure as music director with Opening Night Concert featuring soprano Renée Fleming

October 2012: Makes Carnegie Hall debut leading Verdi’s Requiem

January 2013: Conducts Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert for the first time, at Martin Luther King High School in Northeast Philadelphia

February 2013: Collaborates with Philly Live Arts and Brooklyn-based Ridge Theater Company for a bold staging of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, re-imagined in honor of the centenary of the U.S. premiere of the work in Philadelphia

March 2013: Presents staged version of Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion in collaboration with Symphony V.0, the first performances of the piece by the Orchestra in nearly 30 years

September 2013: Returns The Philadelphia Orchestra to a commercial record label, releasing Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Stokowski orchestral transcriptions on Deutsche Grammophon

October 2013: In lieu of cancelled Carnegie Hall Opening Night performance, leads free PopUP concert in Verizon Hall on short notice, drawing a capacity audience into the hall in a matter of hours

October 2013: Leads first Commissions Weekend of works written for Philadelphia Orchestra principal musicians, including the U.S. premiere of Tan Dun’s Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women, Symphony for Microfilms, Harp, and Orchestra; David Ludwig’s Pictures from the Floating World for bassoon and orchestra; and Behzad Ranjbaran’s Flute Concerto

November 2013: Conducts first Free Neighborhood Concert, at Temple University Performing Arts Center

December 2013: Conducts Curtis Symphony Orchestra for first time

April 2014: Conducts students from Play On, Philly! prior to Philadelphia Orchestra concert

May 2014: Leads Bass PlayIN in Verizon Hall

May 2014: Collaborates with Opera Philadelphia for staged performances of Strauss’s Salome in Verizon Hall, a first-ever collaboration between the two organizations

May-June 2014: Conducts first international tour with The Philadelphia Orchestra, to China, Taiwan, and Japan

September 2014: Leads musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Philadelphia Singers Chorale at the United Nations Headquarters in the U.S. premiere of Wang Ning’s Ode to Humanity on the occasion of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

September 2014: Launches the 2014-15 season, and celebrates his upcoming 40th birthday, with the 40/40 Project, a gift to Philadelphia of 40 works not performed on the Orchestra’s subscription season in at least the last 40 years

November 2014: First Organ Celebration of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ including the performances of three different concertos in a single weekend, plus several other significant works for organ and orchestra over a three-week period

January 2015: Announces renewal as music director through 2021-22 season

March 2015: Leads finale of All-City High School Music Festival, including over 400 students from the School District of Philadelphia

March 2015: Conducts Side-by-Side Rehearsal with Philadelphia Youth Orchestra in honor of its 75th anniversary

April 2015: Presents staged version of Bernstein’s MASS in collaboration with Westminster Symphonic Choir, Temple University, the American Boychoir, the Rock School for Dance Education, Mummers, the School District of Philadelphia, and Dialogues Institute

May-June 2015: Leads first European Tour with The Philadelphia Orchestra through Luxembourg, Germany, France, Austria, the Netherlands, and England

August 2015: Second commercial recording with the Orchestra is released on the Deutsche Grammophon label: Rachmaninoff’s Paganini Variations with pianist Daniil Trifonov 

September 2015: Conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra for Pope Francis and hundreds of thousands of faithful for the World Meeting of Families and a Mass celebration on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia

September 2015: Throws out first pitch at Philadelphia Phillies game

November 2015: Premieres Orchestra commission of Hannibal’s One Land, One River, One People

December 2015: Named Musical America’s 2016 Artist of the Year.

March 2016: Performs Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (“Symphony of a Thousand”) in honor of the centenary of its U.S. premiere in Philadelphia

April 2016: Conducts free PopUP Concert in Verizon Hall and announces HEAR initiative, a portfolio of programs that promotes wellness, champions music education, eliminates barriers to accessing the Orchestra, and maximizes impact through research

June 2016: Extends leadership as music director through 2025-26 season