French conductor Ludovic Morlot is Music Director of the Seattle Symphony. There have been many highlights during his first three seasons in this position, including an exhilarating performance at Carnegie Hall in May 2014, as reported in The New York Times: 'The performance Mr. Morlot coaxed from his players was rich with shimmering colours and tremulous energy.» During the 2014-2015 season Morlot and the Seattle Symphony will continue to invite their audiences to «listen boldly,» presenting a wide variety of works ranging from Mozart's Requiem, Dvořák's last three symphonies, Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette and Mahler's Symphony No. 3, to Ives, Dutilleux and Salonen, as well as premieres by Sebastian Currier, Julian Anderson and Trimpin. Complemented by the Seattle Symphony's highly innovative series, Symphony Untuxed and [untitled], this season will also see the release of several more recordings on the orchestra's new label, Seattle Symphony Media.
Morlot was also Chief Conductor of La Monnaie, one of Europe's most prestigious opera houses, for three years (2012-2014). During this time he conducted several new productions including La Clemenza di Tito, Jenůfa and Pelléas et Mélisande. Concert performances, both in Brussels and Aix-en-Provence, included repertoire by Beethoven, Stravinsky, Britten, Webern and Bruneau.
During the 2014-2015 season Morlot will return to both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has a particularly close relationship with the latter, with whom he will conduct two
Morlot has conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in London and on tour in Germany. Other recent notable performances have included the Budapest Festival, Czech Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Orchestre National de France, Royal Concertgebouw, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. Morlot served as conductor in residence with the Orchestre National de Lyon under David Robertson (2002-2004).
Trained as a violinist, Morlot studied conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London and then at the Royal College of Music as recipient of the Norman del Mar Conducting Fellowship. Morlot was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in 2014 in recognition of his significant contribution to music. He is Chair of Orchestral Conducting Studies at the University of Washington School of Music in Seattle.