Currently Musical Director of the Opéra National de Paris and Chief Conductor of the Wiener Symphoniker since 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. He continues to appear regularly as pianist in recital and chamber music.
His career began in the 1994/95 season as Kapellmeister of the Ulm Stadttheater. From 1998 – 2001, he worked as assistant to Daniel Barenboim and conductor at the Deutsche Staatsoper in Berlin. From 2001 – 2004, he held the position of Chief Conductor of the Graz Opera and Graz Philharmonic Orchestra. During that time 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, Royal Opera House, Teatro alla Scala, Bayerische Staatsoper, Salzburg Festival (Così fan tutte), the Wiener Staatsoper, and the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (Tannhäuser). 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 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 Münchner 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 2014/15 season included Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Pelléas et Mélisande, and Le Roi Arthus at the Paris Opera, Arabella in Munich with the Bayerische Staatsoper, and concerts at the Teatro alla Scala and at Lucerne Festival as well as a Beethoven Cycle with the Opéra National de Paris and an integral Schubert Cycle with the Wiener Symphoniker.
In the 2015/16 season he conducted the Wiener Symphoniker in a full cycle of the Beethoven Piano Concertos with soloist Pierre-Laurent Aimard and a new production of Moses und Aron at the Opéra National de Paris. Philippe Jordan has recorded Carmen (Glyndebourne Festival), Werther (Wiener Staatsoper), Doktor Faust (Zurich Opera), Salome (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. He has also recorded the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos with François-Frédéric Guy and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (for Naïve) as well as Strauss’ Alpensinfonie with the Opéra National de Paris Orchestra, which was awarded the “CHOC de l’année: Classica.”The Sacre du printemps CD that he recorded also received the “CHOC” prize. Jordan recently released a recording of the Verdi Requiem, plus an album of symphonic excerpts from Wagner’s Ring, both performed by the orchestra of the Opéra National de Paris and released on the Erato label. His last recording with the orchestra of the Opéra National de Paris, Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé and La valse, was released in May 2015. He has recorded a CD of Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony with the Wiener Symphoniker, followed by a recording of Schubert’s last two symphonies.