Stéphane Denève is the newly-appointed Chief Conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR) since September 2011 and, since 2005, Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Recognised internationally as a conductor of the highest calibre, Stéphane Denève has won praise from audiences and critics alike for his performances and programming. With the Royal Scottish National Orchestra he has performed at the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival and the Festival Présences, and at celebrated venues throughout Europe including the Vienna Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and Théatre des Champs-Elysées. He and the orchestra have made a number of acclaimed recordings together, including a survey of the works of Albert Roussel for Naxos, the first disc of which won a Diapason d’Or de l’année award.
A graduate and prize-winner of the Paris Conservatoire, Stéphane Denève began his career as Sir Georg Solti’s assistant with the Orchestre de Paris and Paris National Opera, also assisting Georges Prêtre and Seiji Ozawa during this time. At home in a broad range of repertoire and a champion of new music, Denève has a particular affinity with the music of his native France, and in recent years he has also premiered a number of works by the contemporary French composer Guillaume Connesson.
Recent engagements have included debuts with the Boston Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, NDR Symphony Hamburg and Maggio Musicale Florence; and returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, and Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin among others.
Upcoming highlights include debuts with Chicago Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and his Carnegie Hall debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra; and returns to San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony, St Louis Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony and Swedish Radio Symphony.
Denève enjoys close relationships with many of the world’s leading solo artists, and has performed, among others, with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Leif Ove Andsnes, Piotr Anderszewski, Emanuel Ax, Lars Vogt, Nikolai Lugansky, Paul Lewis, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Yo-Yo Ma, Nikolaj Znaider, Pinchas Zukerman, Leonidas Kavakos, Hilary Hahn, Vadim Repin, Gil Shaham, Nathalie Dessay and Nina Stemme.
In the field of opera, Stéphane Denève has conducted productions at the Royal Opera House (Così fan tutte), Glyndebourne Festival (Carmen), La Scala (Faust), Gran Teatro de Liceu (Ariane et Barbe-bleue ), Netherlands Opera (L’ amour des trois oranges), La Monnaie (La traviata; La voix humaine), Opéra National de Paris (Don Quichotte; La bohème; Le nozze di Figaro), the Teatro Comunale Bologna (Béatrice et Bénédict), and Cincinnati Opera (Erwartung; Carmen; Bluebeard’s Castle).