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Stéphane Denève is Chief Conductor of Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR) and will become Principal Guest Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra from September 2014.  He is the former Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO). Recognised internationally for the exceptional quality of his performances and programming, he regularly appears at major concert venues with the world’s leading orchestras and soloists.  He has a special affinity for the music of his native France, and is also a champion of new music. Recent European engagements have included appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin and Swedish Radio Symphony. In North America he made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with whom he is a frequent guest both in Boston and at Tanglewood, and he appears regularly with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony. He enjoys close relationships with many of the world's leading solo artists, including Jean-Yves

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Stéphane Denève is Chief Conductor of Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR) and will become Principal Guest Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra from September 2014.  He is the former Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO).

Recognised internationally for the exceptional quality of his performances and programming, he regularly appears at major concert venues with the world’s leading orchestras and soloists.  He has a special affinity for the music of his native France, and is also a champion of new music.

Recent European engagements have included appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin and Swedish Radio Symphony. In North America he made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with whom he is a frequent guest both in Boston and at Tanglewood, and he appears regularly with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony.

He enjoys close relationships with many of the world's leading solo artists, including Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Leif Ove Andsnes, Yo-Yo Ma, Leonidas Kavakos, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Nikolaj Znaider, Gil Shaham, Piotr Anderszewski, Emanuel Ax, Lars Vogt, Nikolai Lugansky, Paul Lewis, Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Vadim Repin, and Nathalie Dessay.

In the field of opera, Stéphane Denève has led productions at the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne Festival, La Scala, Saito Kinen Festival, Gran Teatro de Liceu, Netherlands Opera, La Monnaie, and at the Opéra National de Paris.

As a recording artist, Stéphane Denève has won critical acclaim for his recordings of the works of Poulenc, Debussy, Roussel, Franck and Connesson.  He is a double winner of the Diapason d’Or de l’année, was shortlisted in 2012 for Gramophone’s Artist of the Year Award, and won the prize for symphonic music at the 2013 International Classical Music Awards.

A graduate and prize-winner of the Paris Conservatoire, Stéphane Denève worked closely in his early career with Sir Georg Solti, Georges Prêtre and Seiji Ozawa.  He is committed to inspiring the next generation of musicians and listeners, and works regularly with young people in the programmes of the Tanglewood Music Center and New World Symphony.

For further information, please visit www.stephanedeneve.com
 

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"It might seem reductive to limit a musician to national specialities, but having heard Denève’s Berlioz, Debussy and Roussel in concert, his captivating disc of Poulenc with the Stuttgart orchestra he commands and now his Ravel, I can honestly say there’s no conductor alive I’d rather hear in French music."

TheArtsDesk.com

"This is what going to the symphony should be like. Hearing a live orchestra has the potential to illicit visceral reactions, to make your hair stand on end, to give you goose bumps, to make you teary-eyed. Based upon the roaring ovation that Denève received at the end of 'The Firebird', which concluded the entire program, Philadelphia seems to know how lucky it is to have him, even if only for a couple of weeks."

BachTrack

"'The Firebird'… brought out the best in the orchestra and reaffirmed Deneve's status as a master colorist with music."

Philadelphia Daily News

"…main observations must centre on two elements: first, Denève's maturity in penetrating the core of [Mahler’s Sixth] symphony with his realising in sound that, musically, the symphony is all about the semitone: a single step between major and minor; a mere blink between joy and heartbreak; an intake of breath that signals a transformation of mood and emotional temperature; the infinitesimal difference between a smile and a tear. And second, the rock solid structure and immensely expressive variation the conductor released from the score, all played with amazing integrity and balance by his stunning orchestra."

Herald Scotland

"Stephane Denève’s Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra make an astonishing rich, dark sound… In a great performance [of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony], the minutes fly by… Denève’s tempi were well-chosen in the extreme – the first movement’s march theme never feeling rushed, the glorious second subject’s ebb and flow beautifully caught. The pastoral idyll at the centre was sublime… Denève’s first movement coda was brazenly exultant, the Scherzo’s opening bars consequently more oppressive. The Trio’s rhythmic quirkiness was nicely caught, and the movement’s deathly, exhausted winding down was sheer perfection. Performances this good lead you to believe that a triumphant ending could just be within reach, making the last minute collapse that more alarming… the stunned silence which greeted the last note spoke volumes. Unmissable."

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Discography

  • Stéphane Denève

    Ravel: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 2013

  • Stéphane Denève

    Poulenc: Stabat Mater / Les Biches 2013

  • Stéphane Denève

    Debussy: Orchestra Music 2012

  • Stéphane Denève

    Roussel: Le Festin de l’araignée (The Spider’s Banquet)/ Padmavati Suites 1 & 2 2011

  • Stéphane Denève

    Connesson: Cosmic Trilogy/ The Shining One 2010

  • Stéphane Denève

    Roussel: Symphony No. 4; Rapsodie flamande; Petite Suite; Sinfonietta - with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra 2010

  • Stéphane Denève

    César Franck: Symphonic Variations; Piano Pieces - with Bertrand Chamayou and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra 2010

  • Stéphane Denève

    Roussel: Symphony No. 1; Résurrection; Le marchand de sable qui passe - with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra 2009

  • Stéphane Denève

    Roussel: Symphony No. 2 / Pour une fete de printemps / Suite in F major - with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra 2008