Seattle Office of Film + Music

June 30, 2010, 12:14 pm
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New York Times
Frenchman Ludovic Morlot, who will become the next music director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Gerard Schwarz will step down at the end of next season after 26 years as music director, and Mr. Morlot will assume the mantle in the fall of 2011 with a six-year contract. Born in Lyons, France, Mr. Morlot studied violin at the University of Montreal and conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He applied to the Boston Symphony’s Tanglewood Festival as a conducting fellow, and was the only one chosen. He has guest conducted at the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Seattle Symphony and others. Several players in the orchestras he has led described Mr. Morlot as a thoughtful, intuitive musician with a good sense of phrasing and a collaborative manner. Although Mr. Morlot has won positive reviews and is in high demand as a guest conductor, Seattle is taking something of a risk, because he has never had an orchestra of his own. Mr. Morlot said he felt no fear about that, “just pure excitement.” For further details, follow the link.

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