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Currently Musical Director of the Opera National de Paris and designated Chief Conductor of the Wiener Symphoniker beginning September 2014, Philippe Jordan has at 38 already 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

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Currently Musical Director of the Opera National de Paris and designated Chief Conductor of the Wiener Symphoniker beginning September 2014, Philippe Jordan has at 38 already 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 his opera debut at the Teatro alla Scala (Der Rosenkavalier) and concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

In the 2013-2014 season, Philippe Jordan tours with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, including concerts of Rienzi at the Salzburg Festival. This is followed by new productions of Aïda and Elektra at the Paris Opera.

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.

         Season 2013-2014
          06/11/2013

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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.
[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.]"

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.
[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.]"

Julien Marion, Forum Opéra

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Discography

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Repertoire

Concert Repertoire List


Bartòk Konzert für Viola
Bartòk Musik für Saiteninstrumente, Schlagzeug und Celesta
Beethoven Klavierkonzert Nr. 2 B-dur
Beethoven Klavierkonzert Nr. 5
Beethoven Symphonie Nr. 1 C-dur
Beethoven Symphonie Nr. 2 in D-dur
Beethoven Symphonie Nr. 3 "Eroica"
Beethoven Symphonie Nr. 5 c-moll
Beethoven Symphonie Nr. 8 F-dur
Beethoven Symphonie Nr. 9 d-moll
Berg Berg: Der Wein
Berg Sieben frühe Lieder
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique
Bernstein Serenade
Bernstein Symphonie Nr. 2  "The age of Anxiety"
Boulez Pierre ...explosante-fixe!...
Brahms Alt-Rhapsodie
Brahms Klavierkonzert Nr.1 d-moll
Brahms Symphonie Nr. 1
Brahms Symphonie Nr. 3 F-dur
Britten Four Sea Interludes
Britten Les Illuminations
Britten Serenade für Tenor und Horn
Britten War Requiem
Bruch Violinkonzert Nr. 1 in g-moll
Chopin Klavierkonzert Nr.1 e-moll op.11
Dvorák Konzert für Cello
Dvorák Serenade für Streicher
Elgar Konzert für Violoncello und Orchester e-moll
Elgar Streicherserenade e-moll
Gluck aus Iphigenie auf Tauris
Gluck Don Juan ou Le Festin de pierre
Grieg Holberg Suite
Grieg Peer Gynt Suite 1 + 2
Händel aus Alcina
Haydn Der Philosoph Nr. 22 in Es-dur
Haydn Messe in B-dur "Theresienmesse"
Haydn Symphonie in D-dur "Die Uhr"
Haydn Symphonie Nr. 6 in D-dur "Le Matin"
Haydn Symphonie Nr.94 G-dur "Mit dem Paukenschlag"
Ibert Flötenkonzert
Janácek Suite für Streicher
Kraus Symphonie in cis-moll
Lalo Edouard Cellokonzert in d-moll
Lekeu Adagio für Streicher
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
Mahler Kindertotenlieder
Mahler Symphonie Nr. 1 D-dur
Mahler Symphonie Nr. 3 d-moll
Mahler Symphonie Nr. 4 G-dur
Mahler Symphonie Nr.2 c-moll "Auferstehung"
Mendelssohn Bartholdy Klavierkonzert a-moll
Mendelssohn Bartholdy Ouvertüre "Märchen von der schönen Melusine"
Mendelssohn Bartholdy Sinfonie Nr.3 a-moll op.56 "Schottische"
Mendelssohn Bartholdy Streichersymphonie Nr. 12 g-moll
Mendelssohn Bartholdy Violinkonzert e-moll
Mozart aus Don Giovanni (Ouvertüre, Arien, Duette)
Mozart Ave verum corpus KV 618
Mozart Flötenkonzert Nr. 1 G-dur
Mozart Jupitersymphonie
Mozart Klarinettenkonzert A-dur KV 622
Mozart Klavierkonzert Nr. 20 in d-moll KV 466
Mozart Klavierkonzert Nr. 22  Es-dur KV 482
Mozart Konzertarie für Sopran und Orchester
Mozart Maurische Trauermusik
Mozart Missa Solemnis C-dur
Mozart Ouvertüre zu "Der Schauspieldirektor"
Mozart Ouvertüre zu Così fan tutte KV 588
Mozart Ouvertüre zu La Clemenza di Tito
Mozart Rondo für Sopran und Orchester
Mozart Serenade D-dur KV 320 "Posthorn-Serenade"
Mozart Serenade KV 388
Mozart Sinfonia concertante für Violine und Viola in Es-dur
Mozart Symphonie Nr. 38 D-dur KV 504 "Prager"
Mozart Symphonie Nr. 39 Es-dur
Mozart Thamos, König von Ägypten
Mozart Vesperae solennes de confessore
Mozart Violinkonzert Nr. 3 in G-dur KV 216
Pärt Cantus in Memoriam B. Britten
Prokofieff Peter und der Wolf op. 67
Prokofieff Symphonie classique
Ravel Alborado del Gracioso
Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin
Rimski-Korsakov Shéhérazade
Schönberg Kammersymphonie Op. 39
Schostakowitsch Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 für Klavier und Trompete
Schostakowitsch Symphonie Nr. 6
Schubert Ouvertüre im italienischen Stil D-dur
Schubert Symphonie Nr. 6 C-dur
Schubert Winterreise
Schumann Symphonie Nr. 2 in C-dur
Schumann Symphonie Nr.3 Es-dur
Schumann Symphonie Nr.4 d-moll
Schumann Szenen aus Goethes Faust
Schumann Violin-Konzert d-moll
Sibelius Violinkonzert d-moll
Smetana Die Moldau
Strauss - Familie diverse Walzer und Polkas
Strauss Richard Capriccio (Scène finale)
Strauss Richard Der Bürger als Edelmann
Strauss Richard Metamorphosen
Strauss Richard Vier letzte Lieder
Stravinsky Concerto in D
Suk Josef Streicherserenade
Tschaikowsky Serenade C-dur op.48
Tschaikowsky Violinkonzert D-dur
Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music
Wagner Siegfried Idyll
Weber Fagott - Konzert op. 35
Webern 5 Stücke für Orchester