This February, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra performs several times throughout the USA.
About the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
The Rotterdam Philharmonic is a modern orchestra which has its roots deep in the classical music tradition. It embodies the temperament of its home base, Rotterdam. Experts say that it distinguishes itself by the intensity of its concerts, the rich variety of its sound and the bold way in which it communicates with its audiences. This is enjoyed by many Rotterdam residents and visitors from far and wide. The orchestra also enjoys success on the world’s major stages. Critics are unanimous: this orchestra, together with its music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, is among the best in the world.
The orchestra was founded in 1918. In the 1930s it evolved under chief conductor Eduard Flipse into one of the Netherlands’ leading orchestras. With music directors Jean Fournet and Edo de Waart, the orchestra entered a new era and gained international recognition for its recordings and tours.
Valery Gergiev’s appointment as music director in 1995 heralded a new golden era. Yannick Nézet-Séguin succeeded Gergiev as music director at the start of the 2008/2009 season. The orchestra is based at de Doelen concert hall. It has also had a residency for several seasons at the Paris Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. Contracts with EMI/Virgin Classics and BIS Records were signed in 2009. A contract with Deutsche Grammophon was signed in 2012 for CD releases with Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The orchestra has set up its own label, Rotterdam Philharmonic Vintage Recordings, to re-release historic recordings.
Music Director: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Honorary Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Principal Guest Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek
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