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Currently Musical Director of the Opera National de Paris and Chief Conductor of the Wiener Symphoniker beginning September 2014, Philippe Jordan has established himself as one of the most gifted and exciting conductors of his generation. Philippe Jordan’s musical education began with piano lessons at the age of six. At the age of eight, he joined the Zurich Sängerknaben and he was eleven when he began studying violin. At sixteen, he entered the Zurich Conservatory where he obtained his diploma of piano teacher with honors. He studied theory and composition with the Swiss composer Hans Ulrich Lehmann and continued his piano studies with Karl Engel. At the same time, he worked as assistant to Maestro Jeffrey Tate on Wagner’s Ring Cycle at the Châtelet in Paris. He continues to appear occasionally as pianist in recital and chamber music. His career began in 1994/95 as Kapellmeister of the Ulm Stadttheater. From 1998-2001, he was assistant to Daniel Barenboim at the Deutsche Staatsoper in Berlin. From 2001-2004, he held the position of Chief Conductor of the Graz Opera and Graz Philharmonic Orchestra. In this period he made his debut at several prestigious international Opera houses and

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Currently Musical Director of the Opera National de Paris and Chief Conductor of the Wiener Symphoniker beginning September 2014, Philippe Jordan has established himself as one of the most gifted and exciting conductors of his generation.

Philippe Jordan’s musical education began with piano lessons at the age of six. At the age of eight, he joined the Zurich Sängerknaben and he was eleven when he began studying violin. At sixteen, he entered the Zurich Conservatory where he obtained his diploma of piano teacher with honors. He studied theory and composition with the Swiss composer Hans Ulrich Lehmann and continued his piano studies with Karl Engel. At the same time, he worked as assistant to Maestro Jeffrey Tate on Wagner’s Ring Cycle at the Châtelet in Paris. He continues to appear occasionally as pianist in recital and chamber music.

His career began in 1994/95 as Kapellmeister of the Ulm Stadttheater. From 1998-2001, he was assistant to Daniel Barenboim at the Deutsche Staatsoper in Berlin. From 2001-2004, he held the position of Chief Conductor of the Graz Opera and Graz Philharmonic Orchestra. In this period he made his debut at several prestigious international Opera houses and festivals, the Houston Grand Opera, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Teatro alla Scala, the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, the Salzburger Festspiele (Cosi fan tutte), the Wiener Staatsoper, the Festspielhaus Baden Baden (Tannhäuser) and the Bayreuth Festival (Parsifal). From 2006-2010, he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Berlin Staatsoper unter den Linden.

Philippe Jordan’s orchestral engagements have included the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Staatskapelle, Vienna Symphony, Vienna RSO, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Philharmonia Orchestra London, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Tonhalle Zurich, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, NDR/Hamburg Symphony, DSO Berlin, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Munchner Philharmoniker. In North America, he has appeared with the Seattle, St. Louis, Dallas, Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Washington, Minnesota, Montreal, New York and San Francisco Orchestras.

Highlights of the last season include Tristan und Isolde at the Paris Opera, as well as a prestigious tour with the Paris Opera Orchestra for concerts at the Musikverein in Vienna.

In the 2014-2015 season, he will conduct Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Pelléas et Mélisande and Le Roi Arthus at the Paris Opera as well as Arabella in Munich with the Bayerische Staatsoper. He will also conduct concerts at the Teatro alla Scala and at Lucerne Festival as well as a Beethoven Cycle with the Opera National de Paris and an integral Schubert Cycle with the Wiener Symphoniker.

Philippe Jordan has recorded Carmen (Glyndebourne Festival), Werther (Wiener Staatsoper), Doktor Faust (Zurich Opera) and Salomé (Covent Garden), Tannhäuser (Baden Baden), Le Nozze di Figaro (Paris Opera) and Pelléas et Mélisande (Opéra de Paris), which received the “CHOC de l’année” prize for Classica, in DVD format. He has also recorded for Naïve the complete Beethoven Piano concertos with François-Frédéric Guy and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France as well as the Strauss Alpensymphonie with the Opéra National de Paris Orchestra awarded “CHOC de l’année - Classica”. The Sacre du Printemps CD that he also recorded received the “CHOC” prize for the Musical World. Mr. Jordan has also recently released two albums, one with a recording of the Verdi Requiem, the other with symphonic excerpts from Wagner’s Ring. Both of these were performed with the orchestra of the Opéra National de Paris and were released through the label Erato. In September 2014, he recorded a CD of Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique symphony with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.

 

         Season 2014-2015
          27/01/2015

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"Philippe Jordan’s conducting, which whisks us through the score but still showcases myriad details. He has never done anything finer in Paris and the orchestral playing is simply spectacular."

Francis Carlin, Financial Times

"D’autant plus que Philippe Jordan à la tête de l’Orchestre de l’Opéra en sublime la magnificence. Souple et virtuose sans jamais céder au spectaculaire, il donne chair à cette musique qui vous pénètre comme l’eau d’un bain chaud. Une ovation accueillit sa performance.<br><font size="2"><FONT COLOR="#798081">[The fact that Philippe Jordan is directing the impressive Orchestre de l’Opéra enhances it greatly. A flexible virtuoso, he is never exceedingly spectacular and gives life to this music, which seeps into you like the warm water of a bath. A great ovation welcomed his performance.]</font></font>"

Caroline Alexander, Webthea

"Ceux qui en doutaient en ont certainement été convaincus par la direction magistrale de Philippe Jordan, à la tête d’un orchestre de l’Opéra de Paris en état de grâce. Il serait trop long de détailler les mérites immenses de cette direction inspirée d’un bout à l’autre de l’œuvre, assumant son pathos, d’une précision d’orfèvre dans les scènes de foule, gommant toute trace de trivialité pour mieux faire ressortir la saveur de la partition. C’est simple : on a eu l’impression de découvrir l’orchestre de la Force du Destin ce 14 novembre à la Bastille. Un exemple parmi cent : l’accompagnement des vents dans « Solenne in quest’ora », qui en fait ressortir à merveille le tragique déchirant. Une mention toute particulière pour les prestations superlatives des pupitres de harpes et de bois (la clarinette dans le prélude de III !). Ajoutons qu’en vrai chef de théâtre, Philippe Jordan ne se contente pas de suivre ses chanteurs : il sait les accompagner, il les porte littéralement, les soutient quand il les sent en difficultés, avec un sens de la phrase et de la ligne que seuls les plus grands maîtrisent à ce degré.<br><font size="2"><FONT COLOR="#798081">[Those who doubted that the orchestra plays its own role in La Forza del Delstino were most probably convinced by Philippe Jordan’s masterful conducting. He is at the head of the inspired orchestra of the Opéra de Paris. It would take too long to detail all of the qualities of his conducting that is brilliant from start to finish. It is not afraid of refraining from rejecting the work’s pathos, has an extreme precision in the crowd scenes and erases all that is trivial in order to bring out the score’s core. All in all, it felt like we were discovering the Forza del Destino orchestra at the Bastille that day, November 14th. One example of this among a hundred others is the wind instruments’ accompaniment in “Solenne in quest’ora”, which highlighted the heart-breaking tragedy wonderfully. I must mention the harps and woodwinds’ incredible performances (especially the clarinet in the Third Act Prelude!). Moreover, Philippe Jordan, as the genuine conductor that he is, is not satisfied with merely following his singers: he knows how to accompany them, he literally carries them and supports them when he feels they are having difficulties, with an understanding of phrasing and melodic line that only the best master to this extent.]</font></font>"

Julien Marion, Forum Opéra

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