In a sign of his long-term dedication to the Orchestra and Philadelphia, Yannick Nézet-Séguin has extended his tenure as music director [of the Philadelphia Orchestra] for another five years, through the 2021-22 season. Heralded for inspiring and revitalizing the Orchestra, Yannick has developed a deep connection with the musicians of the ensemble that has resulted in thrilling performances. He has brought fresh inspiration to the repertoire, created new access points for community members of all backgrounds, and built audiences by transforming the concert experience. Yannick said, “The warm embrace of The Philadelphia Orchestra and its audiences has been humbling and exhilarating since I made my debut in 2008. Knowing that this love affair with the Orchestra and the City of Philadelphia will continue is an immense joy.”
That’s from the official press release, but it sums up the news quite neatly. Certainly, Yannick is among the current crop of exciting young conductors. Like the Skibereen Echo, I’ve had my eye on him for some time.