Stéphane Denève is Music Director of the Brussels Philharmonic, Principal Guest Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Music Director Designate of the St. Louis Symphony, and Director of the Centre for Future Orchestral Repertoire (CffOR).
Recognised internationally for the exceptional quality of his performances and programming, he regularly appears at major concert venues with the world’s greatest orchestras and soloists. He has a special affinity for the music of his native France, and is a passionate advocate for music of the 21st century. A gifted communicator and educator, he is committed to inspiring the next generation of musicians and listeners, and has worked regularly with young people in programs such as those of the Tanglewood Music Center, New World Symphony, the Colburn School and the Music Academy of the West.
As a recording artist, he has won critical acclaim for his recordings of the works of Poulenc, Debussy, Ravel, Roussel, Franck and Connesson. Recent releases include discs of Prokofiev suites and the works of Guillaume Connesson with the Brussels Philharmonic (awarded the Diapason d’Or of the Year and the Choc Classica of the Year), and a disc with Lucas and Arthur Jussen and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, all for Deutsche Grammophon.
Cementing his reputation as a conductor of rare musicality and panache, the 2017–2018 season saw Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider give acclaimed performances at the helms of the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic and Cleveland Orchestras. This season and next, he returns to the Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Detroit Symphony, and expands the list of opera houses he appears with by making debuts with the Semperoper Dresden and the Hamburg Opera.
Also a virtuoso violinist of distinction, Szeps-Znaider features as Artist in Residence with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, both performing with and conducting the orchestra in a series of concerts across the 2018–2019 season, including his conducting debut at the Musikverein and a European tour with Philippe Jordan. He has a particularly strong relationship with the London Symphony Orchestra, an orchestra he conducts and performs with as soloist every season, and with whom he has recently recorded the complete Mozart Violin Concertos, directed from the violin.
Szeps-Znaider plays the “Kreisler” Guarnerius “del Gesù” 1741 on extended loan to him by The Royal Danish Theatre through the generosity of the VELUX Foundations, the Villum Fonden and the Knud Højgaard Foundation.
Born in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, May 5, 1970
Now living in Paris
Guillaume Connesson is one of France’s leading composers of the middle generation. He studied in Boulogne and at the Conservatoire national de Paris, including six years with Marcel Landowski for composition. He has held residencies with the Orchestre national des Pays de la Loire, the Orchestre national de Lyon, the Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn, and the Netherlands Philharmonic. Connesson’s major orchestral commissions include Aleph (2007), a co-commission with, among others, the Toronto Symphony. Connesson teaches orchestration at the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional d’Aubervilliers-La Courneuve.