Stéphane Denève is the music director of the Brussels Philharmonic. This top French conductor comes to Brussels with a clear mission: he designs his programmes combining 21st century music with the great classics, thereby opening up a dialogue between the repertoire of the past and that of the future.

As of september 2015, 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’. This new platform is seeking to collect core information about symphonic compositions since the year 2000, and thus to initiate a broad international dialogue about compositions that will withstand the test of time.

Meanwhile, Stéphane Denève is Music Director Designate of the St Louis Symphony, and 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.

“The Brussels Philharmonic will perform works that may become the 21st-century repertoire: we are looking for works that orchestras enjoy playing and the audience enjoys listening to. A pioneering project!”
- stéphane denève

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

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. The 18/19 season will also see him lead a major US tour with the Brussels Philharmonic.


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 Augustin Hadelich.

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.

“Stéphane Denève and the Brussels Philharmonic hit the sweet spot [...] a pairing that is clearly going places”
- bachtrack (09.11.2017)


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. His most recent releases are discs of Prokofiev suites and the works of Guillaume Connesson with the Brussels Philharmonic (awarded the Diapason d’Or de l’année, Caecilia Award, and Classica Magazine’s CHOC of the Year), and a disc with Lucas and Arthur Jussen and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, all for Deutsche Grammophon.

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. A gifted communicator and educator, he is committed to inspiring the next generation of musicians and listeners, and has worked regularly with young people in the programmes of the Tanglewood Music Center, New World Symphony, and the Colburn School.

concerts with Stéphane Denève