Ludovic Morlot

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Ludovic Morlot (born 1974,[1] Lyon), is a French conductor. He is currently Music Director of the Seattle Symphony and Chief Conductor at La Monnaie (De Munt) opera house.

As a youth, Morlot trained as a violinist. He later attended the Royal Academy of Music, and began his studies in conducting in London in 1994,[2] where his mentors included Sir Colin Davis, George Hurst and Colin Metters. At the Royal College of Music, he was a Norman Del Mar conducting fellow. In the US, he attended the Pierre Monteux school for conductors. He held the Seiji Ozawa Fellowship in conducting at the Tanglewood festival in 2001.[3]

From 2002 to 2004, Morlot served as conductor-in-residence with the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL), where his responsibilities included conducting the ONL's two youth orchestras.[3] From 2004 to 2007, he was an assistant conductor with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which he conducted for the first time in subscription concerts in April 2005.[4]

Morlot's work in contemporary music has included conducting the US premieres of Gondwana by Tristan Murail, in January 2009,[5] and Helios Choros II (Sun God Dancers) by Augusta Read Thomas in October 2009,[6] and the world premiere of Instances, the last orchestral work by Elliott Carter.[7]

Morlot first guest-conducted the Seattle Symphony in October 2009.[8] His second guest appearance with the Seattle Symphony was in April 2010, as a substitute conductor in the wake of the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruptions, which led to diminished rehearsal time and a change of programme.[9] In June 2010, the Seattle Symphony announced the appointment of Morlot as its 15th music director, effective with the 2011-2012 season, with an initial contract of six years.[10] He held the title of music director designate during the 2010-2011 season.[11]

Morlot made his first guest-conducting appearance at La Monnaie in 2011. In June 2011, La Monnaie announced the appointment of Morlot as its next music director, as of the 2012-2013 season, with an initial contract of 5 years.[12] Both the Seattle and Brussels positions represent Morlot's first music directorships of an orchestra and an opera company.

Morlot, his wife Ghizlane, a landscape designer and translator, and their two daughters, Nora and Iman, reside in Seattle.[10] In March 2012, Morlot was named Affiliate Professor of Music at the University of Washington (UW).[13] With the 2013-2014 academic year, Morlot became the chair of conducting studies at UW.[14]


  1. ^ David Wright (6 January 2009). "New York Philharmonic: Green Room - Ludovic Morlot". Playbill Arts. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  2. ^ Tom Keogh (2009-10-16). "Q&A: Seattle Symphony guest conductor Ludovic Morlot discusses Prokofiev, Haydn — and more". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  3. ^ a b David Weininger (2005-04-01). "Morlot's musical journey continues". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  4. ^ Jeremy Eichler (13 October 2006). "BSO assistant leads first-rate show". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  5. ^ Steve Smith (2009-01-10). "Contemporary Storm Amid Classical Waves". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  6. ^ Jeremy Eichler (2009-10-17). "Morlot, BSO premiere Thomas work". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  7. ^ "Seattle Symphony Announces Commission by Renowned American Composer Elliott Carter". Seattle Symphony Orchstra. April 19, 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Melinda Bargreen (2009-10-23). "Seattle Symphony with guest conductor Ludovic Morlot". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  9. ^ Bernard Jacobson (2010-04-23). "After the volcano, the show goes on at Seattle Symphony". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  10. ^ a b Melinda Bargreen (2010-06-29). "Rising French star Ludovic Morlot chosen to replace Schwarz at Seattle Symphony". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  11. ^ "Seattle Symphony Orchestra Names Ludovic Morlot Music Director Designate" (Press release). Seattle Symphony. 29 June 2010. Retrieved 07-02-2010. 
  12. ^ Melinda Bargreen (2011-06-30). "New Seattle Symphony music director to moonlight in Belgium". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2011-07-02. 
  13. ^ "Ludovic Morlot named Affiliate Professor of Music" (Press release). University of Washington. March 2012. Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  14. ^ "Ludovic Morlot named Chair of Orchestral Conducting Studies at UW" (Press release). University of Washington. April 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-08. 

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Preceded by
Kazushi Ono
Chief Conductor, La Monnaie
Succeeded by