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Ludovic Morlot


About this Artist

Ludovic Morlot takes over as Music Director of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra in September 2022, conducting a minimum of 11 weeks a season with the orchestra. 

Morlot’s élan, elegance, and intensity on stage have endeared him to audiences and orchestras worldwide, from the Berlin Philharmonic to the Boston Symphony. During his eight years as Music Director of the Seattle Symphony, he pushed the boundaries of traditional concert programming, winning several Grammy Awards.  

He is now Conductor Emeritus in Seattle, and, in 2019, he was appointed Associate Artist of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra with whom he has had a close relationship over many years; he returns to both orchestras every season. He was Artistic Director and a founding member of the National Youth Orchestra of China in 2017–2021, conducting their inaugural concerts at Carnegie Hall, in China in 2017, and on tour in Europe in 2019. From 2012 to 2014, he was Chief Conductor of La Monnaie, conducting new productions in Brussels and at the Aix Easter Festival—including La clemenza di Tito, Jenufa, and Pelléas et Mélisande. 

Morlot has conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Czech Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, London Philharmonic, and Budapest Festival orchestras, and many of the leading North American orchestras, notably the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Chicago and Boston symphony orchestras. Morlot has a particularly strong connection with Boston, having been the Seiji Ozawa Fellowship Conductor at Tanglewood and subsequently appointed assistant conductor for the Boston Symphony. Since then, he has conducted the orchestra in subscription concerts in Boston, at Tanglewood, and on a West Coast tour of the U.S. He has also appeared extensively in Asia and Australasia, notably with the Seoul Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, and Melbourne symphony orchestras. 

Festival appearances have included the BBC Proms, Wien Modern, Edinburgh, and Aspen festivals. 

His tenure in Seattle formed a hugely significant period in the musical journey of the orchestra. His 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. Some of these projects, including John Luther Adams’ Become Ocean, Aaron Jay Kernis’ Violin Concerto featuring James Ehnes, and an exploration of Dutilleux’s music, have earned the orchestra five Grammy Awards, as well as the distinction of being named Gramophone’s 2018 Orchestra of the Year. Morlot has released 19 recordings with the Seattle Symphony Media label which was launched in 2014. 

Morlot opened the 2021/22 season with a concert performance of Wagner’s Die Walküre at Seattle Opera, also conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco, Seattle, Utah, and Sao Paulo symphony orchestras in subscription concerts. Guest conducting appearances in Europe included the Netherlands Philharmonic, Copenhagen Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lille, Bergen Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Orquesta Castilla y Leon, and, of course, Barcelona Symphony. He has a strong commitment to supporting emerging talent and regularly conducts students at the Colburn Conservatory. This season, he sat on the jury of the Leeds International Piano Competition and conducted students at the Royal Academy (London), New England Conservatory (Boston), and made his annual visit to the Aspen Festival. In summer 2021, he conducted a string of world premieres by young composers in the New Jersey Symphony’s annual CONE Institute concert.  

Trained as a violinist, he studied conducting at the Pierre Monteux School (USA) with Charles Bruck and Michael Jinbo. He continued his education in London at the Royal Academy and then at the Royal College as a recipient of the Norman del Mar Conducting Fellowship. Ludovic is Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington School of Music in Seattle and a Visiting Artist at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in 2014 in recognition of his significant contribution to music.  

Intermusica represents Ludovic Morlot worldwide.