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Ludovic Morlot


About this Artist

Following eight years as Music Director of the Seattle Symphony, Ludovic Morlot is now its Conductor Emeritus. Ludovic’s innovative programming encompassed not only his choice of repertoire, but theatrical productions and performances outside the traditional concert hall space. There were numerous collaborations with musicians from different genres, commissions, and world premieres. Under Ludovic’s baton, 19 recordings were released on the Seattle Symphony Media label, the orchestra received five Grammy® Awards, and was named Gramophone’s 2018 Orchestra of the Year.

This season Ludovic will make his subscription debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra and return to the Los Angeles, BBC, Seoul and Bergen Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony Orchestras. Ludovic has a strong commitment to working with young musicians and will this season conduct student orchestras at Yale University and at the Royal Academy of Music in London, as well as returning to the Aspen Festival with whom he has a regular association. In 2019, he led the National Youth Orchestra of China on their European tour, having conducted their inaugural concerts in New York and China two years earlier.

Ludovic has conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw, Czech Philharmonic, Dresden Staaksapelle, London Philharmonic, Budapest Festival, Tokyo Philharmonic, and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. He has appeared at the BBC Proms, Wien Modern, and Edinburgh Festivals. Other recent notable performances have included the New York Philharmonic, Chicago, Houston, Minnesota, and Detroit Symphony Orchestras. Ludovic has a particularly strong connection with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and has conducted the orchestra in subscription concerts in Boston, at Tanglewood, and on a tour to the West Coast of America.

Ludovic was Chief Conductor of La Monnaie for three years (2012-2014). During this time, he conducted several new productions including La Clemenza di Tito, Jenufa, and Pelléas et Mélisande, as well as concert performances in both Brussels and at the Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival.

Trained as a violinist, Ludovic studied conducting at the Pierre Monteux School (USA) and later in London at both the Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music. Ludovic is Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington School of Music in Seattle and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in 2014.