Stéphane Denève

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Stéphane Denève is Music Director of the Brussels Philharmonic. With the orchestra he is at the same time launching CffOR (Centre for Future Orchestral Repertoire): an extensive online database dedicated to 21st-century compositions for orchestra with chances at attaining ‘repertoire status’. Stéphane Denève is so passionate about this new adventure and enthusiastic about the orchestra’s potential that he and his family have settled in Brussels.

Meanwhile, Stéphane Denève remains Principal Guest Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra. From 2005 to 2012 he was the Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO), and from 2011 to 2016 the Music Director of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR). Although he is at home in a very wide repertoire, Denève has great affinity for French music and is particularly committed to 21st-century music.

Recent engagements in Europe and Asia have included appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Vienna Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Czech Philharmonic, and NHK Symphony.

In North America he made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with whom he is a frequent guest both in Boston and at Tanglewood, and he appears regularly with The Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, St Louis Symphony, and Toronto Symphony.  

He enjoys close relationships with many of the world’s leading solo artists, including Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Yo-Yo Ma, Nikolaj Znaider, James Ehnes, Leif Ove Andsnes, Leonidas Kavakos, Nicholas Angelich, Lang Lang, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Gil Shaham, Emanuel Ax, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Lars Vogt, Nikolai Lugansky, Paul Lewis, Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, and Nathalie Dessay.

In the field of opera, Stéphane Denève has led productions at the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne Festival, La Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Saito Kinen Festival, Gran Teatro de Liceu, Netherlands Opera, La Monnaie, Deutsche Oper Am Rhein, and at the Opéra National de Paris.

As a recording artist, he has won critical acclaim for his recordings of the works of Poulenc, Debussy, Ravel, Roussel, Franck and Connesson. He is a triple winner of the Diapason d’Or de l’année (2007, 2012 and 2016), has been shortlisted for Gramophone’s Artist of the Year 2012 Award, and is a winner of the International Classical Music Awards 2013. 

A graduate and prize-winner of the Paris Conservatoire, Stéphane Denève worked closely in his early career with Sir Georg Solti, Georges Prêtre and Seiji Ozawa. He is committed to inspiring the next generation of musicians and listeners, and works regularly with young people in the programmes of the Boston Symphony’s Tanglewood Music Center and the New World Symphony in Miami.


Turnage, Lalo, Ravel

Inspiration from the West Flemish landscape and Lalo's Cello Concerto with Gautier Capuçon under the baton of Stéphane Denève

Turnage, Lalo, Ravel

Mark-Anthony Turnage Passchendaele (2013)

Édouard Lalo Concerto pour violoncelle et orchestre en ré mineur

Maurice Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin, Suite d’orchestre

Maurice Ravel Daphnis et Chloé, Suite no. 2

Also starring
Brussels
 - Flagey
Bruges
 - Concertgebouw

Grieg, Prokofiev, Stravinsky

Russian ballet music and the dramatic Pianoconcerto by Grieg with Music Director Stéphane Denève and Lars Vogt behind the piano

Grieg, Prokofiev, Stravinsky

Guillaume Connesson Flammenschrift (2012)

Edvard Grieg Pianoconcerto in a, op. 16

Sergei Prokofiev Cinderella (excerpts)

Igor Stravinsky L’Oiseau de feu (suite) (versie 1919)

Also starring
Roeselare
 - De Spil
Ghent
 - De Bijloke

On Tour: UK

Crossing the channel with Music Director Stéphane Denève and violin star Nikolaj Znaider

On Tour: UK

Mark-Anthony Turnage Passchendaele

Max Bruch Violinkonzert Nr. 1 in g-Moll, op. 26

Sergei Prokofiev Cinderella (excerpts)

Maurice Ravel Daphnis et Chloé, Suite no. 2

Also starring
London
 - Cadogan Hall
Gateshead
 - The Sage
Sheffield
 - City Hall
Edinburgh
 - Usher Hall

On Tour: Austria

Wiener Musikverein and three evenings Salzburg with top-notch soloists Gautier Capuçon and Lars Vogt

On Tour: Austria

Guillaume Connesson Flammenschrift (2012)

Édouard Lalo Concerto pour violoncelle et orchestre en ré mineur

Sergei Prokofiev Cinderella (excerpts)

Igor Stravinsky L’Oiseau de feu (suite) (version 1919)

Vienna
 - Musikverein
Salzburg
 - Grosses Festspielhaus
Salzburg
 - Grosses Festspielhaus
Salzburg
 - Grosses Festspielhaus

Les Biches

Sex, sax & scandal

Les Biches

Darius Milhaud La Création du monde, op. 81

Guillame Connesson Concerto pour saxophone “A Kind of Trane” (2015)

Francis Poulenc Les Biches

Also starring
Brussels
 - Flagey

Flagey Piano Days: Lars Vogt

Grieg's Piano Concerto with pianist Lars Vogt and Music Director Stéphane Denève

Flagey Piano Days: Lars Vogt

Guillaume Connesson Céléphaïs (2017)

Sergei Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances

Edvard Grieg Piano Concerto in a, op. 16

Also starring
Brussels
 - Flagey

Flagey Piano Days: Boris Giltburg

Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto with pianist Boris Giltburg and Music Director Stéphane Denève

Flagey Piano Days: Boris Giltburg

Guillaume Connesson Kadath & Le soleil couchant (2017)

Igor Stravinsky L’Oiseau de feu (suite) (version 1919)

Sergei Prokofiev Piano Concerto no. 3 in C, op. 26

Also starring
Brussels
 - Flagey

Angelich plays Brahms

Perhaps the most beautiful piano concerto ever written with pianist Nicholas Angelich and Stéphane Denève

Angelich plays Brahms

James MacMillan The Sacrifice: Three Interludes (2005-2006)

Richard Strauss Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, op. 28

Johannes Brahms Klavierkonzert Nr. 2 in B-Dur, op. 83

Also starring
Brussels
 - Flagey

Leonard Bernstein: 100 years of magic

Under the baton of Stéphane Denève, the Brussels Philharmonic and  Flemish Radio Choir pay tribute to the maestro with both great classics and less well-known jewels

Leonard Bernstein: 100 years of magic

Guillaume Connesson Le tombeau des regrets (2017)

Leonard Bernstein Serenade (After Plato’s “Symposium”) (1954)

Leonard Bernstein Chichester Psalms (1965)

Leonard Bernstein West Side Story: Symphonic Dances (1957)

Also starring
Brussels
 - BOZAR
London
 - Cadogan Hall