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234th Season

Jean-Pascal Tortelier


Principal Conductor, Sгo Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Laureate, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
“Tortelier and the St Petersburgers conveyed the orchestration as an endlessly fascinating splurge of clever colouring...he painted instead in larger patterns and with broader strokes.” The Irish Times

“The panache with which his conducting fuses dramatic intensity with great clarity marks him out as a musician.” The Times

“The result was one of the most elegant, enveloping nights of the season. Tortelier has a refined sense of style and proportion, he communicates vividly…From the orchestra’s players, he generated an exceptional level of spontaneity and sensitivity, starting with excerpts from Berlioz...” The Sun Baltimore

Born into an intensely musical family, son of the late Paul Tortelier, he studied piano and violin from the age of four and at fourteen won first prize for violin at the Paris Conservatoire. Following general musical studies with Nadia Boulanger, Tortelier studied conducting with Franco Ferrara in Siena. Since then Yan Pascal Tortelier's career has included engagements with leading orchestras throughout Europe, North America, Japan and Australia.

In recognition of his outstanding work as Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic between 1992 and 2003, Yan Pascal Tortelier has been given the title of the Conductor Laureate and continues working with the Orchestra regularly.

Yan Pascal Tortelier’s orchestration of Ravel's Piano Trio was premiered in 1992 and the following year received great critical acclaim at a highly successful London Proms performance with the BBC Philharmonic. A few seasons ago it was premiered at the Prague Spring Festival, in San Francisco, Tokyo and Melbourne. The work is available on CD as part of Tortelier's Debussy/Ravel cycle.

During recent seasons Yan Pascal Tortelier has worked with such orchestras as the London Symphony, Philharmonia and London Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Filarmonica della Scala Milan, Radio Filharmonische Orkest Holland, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and in North America with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco, Baltimore and Pittsburgh Symphony orchestras, Montreal Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Recent/future guest conducting engagements include return visits to the Pittsburgh, Dallas, San Francisco, Baltimore, St Louis and Sao Paolo Symphony as well as Dresden Philharmonic, Halle Orchestra, London Symphony and the London Philharmonic orchestras. Between 2005 and 2008 Yan Pascal Tortelier was Principal Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. In March this year he took up the position of the Principal Conductor of the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra for three seasons.

Mariinsky Theatre:
1 Theatre Square
St. Petersburg
Mariinsky-2 (New Theatre):
34 Dekabristov Street
St. Petersburg
Mariinsky Concert Hall:
20 Pisareva street
St. Petersburg

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