Written by Zachary Mehta
“In classical music the great musicians will always gravitate to the master musicians,” said Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the new music director of the New York Philharmonic. “The music will always come from the depths of their soul.”
Nézet-Séguin, 47, is set to begin his tenure at the New York Philharmonic in June 2020, when he takes over from longtime conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who retired last year.
Nézet-Séguin started his career as a conductor of the Paris Opera before moving to the BAM Music Center in Brooklyn, where he’s currently the artistic director.
“There, I was able to enjoy the masters in this way, to discover what was so unique and passionate that inspired my young generation of musicians,” he said.
Nézet-Séguin began his career at the École Normale Supérieure of Paris, the French National Opera. He left in 2004 to conduct with various orchestras, but he received a major surprise when he was asked to take up the helm of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. It’s where he fell in love with the hybrid world of classical music.
“I was struck by the humanity in this music, by the universality of the spirit.”