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Encyclopedia > Charles Dutoit

Charles Édouard Dutoit (born October 7, 1936) is a Swiss conductor. He is particularly noted for his interpretations of French and Russian 20th century music by composers such as Igor Stravinsky. He has made influential modern recordings of Hector Berlioz's Romeo et Juliette and Maurice Ravel's ballets Daphnis et Chloe and Ma Mere l'Oye. October 7 is the 280th day of the year (281st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... A conductor conducting a band at a ceremony A conductors score and batons Conducting is the act of directing a musical performance by way of visible gestures. ... Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (Russian: Игорь Фёдорович Стравинский, Igor Fëdorovič Stravinskij) (June 17, 1882 – April 6, 1971) was a Russian composer who first achieved international fame with three ballets commissioned by the impresario Serge Diaghilev and performed by Diaghilevs Ballets Russes (Russian Ballet): LOiseau de feu (The Firebird) (1910), Petrushka (1911... Hector Louis Berlioz (December 11, 1803 – March 8, 1869) was a French Romantic composer best known for the Symphonie fantastique, first performed in 1830, and for his Grande Messe des Morts (Requiem) of 1837, with its tremendous resources that include four antiphonal brass choirs. ... Roméo et Juliette is a symphonie dramatique, a large scale work in French for mixed voices and orchestra, by French composer Hector Berlioz. ... Joseph-Maurice Ravel (March 7, 1875 – December 28, 1937) was a French 20th century composer and pianist, known especially for the subtlety, richness and poignancy of his music. ... Daphnis et Chloé is a ballet with music by Maurice Ravel. ... Ma Mère lOye (Mother Goose), is a musical work by French composer and pianist Maurice Ravel. ...



Studies and early musical activities

Dutoit was born in Lausanne and studied at the conservatory there under Charles Munch. Dutoit began his professional music career in 1957 as a viola player with various orchestras across Europe and South America. After two years, he returned to Switzerland to concentrate on conducting. From 1959 he was a guest conductor of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, following which he was the conductor for Radio Zurich until 1967 when he took over the Bern Symphony Orchestra from Paul Kletzki where he stayed for eleven years. While head of the Bern Symphony, he also conducted the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico from 1973 to 1975, and Sweden’s Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra from 1975 to 1978. Dutoit was principal guest conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra in the early 1980's. Waterfront view of Ouchy, just south of Lausanne Lausanne is a city in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, on the shores of Lake Geneva (French: Lac Léman), across from Évian-les-Bains, France, and about 60 km northeast of Geneva. ... Charles Münch (September 26, 1891 – November 6, 1968) was a French conductor and violinist. ... The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Orchestra of French-speaking Switzerland, OSR) was founded in 1918 by Ernest Ansermet. ... Paul Kletzki (21 March 1900 - 5 March 1973) was a Polish conductor and composer. ... The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (Swedish: Göteborgs Symfoniker) is an orchestra based in Gothenburg, Sweden. ... The Minnesota Orchestra is an American orchestra that was founded in 1903 by Emil Oberhoffer as the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. ...

Montreal Symphony Orchestra

Following in the footsteps of such luminaries as Otto Klemperer and Zubin Mehta, in 1977 Charles Dutoit became the Artistic Director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (OSM). During his 25 years with the Montreal Symphony, he turned it into the finest orchestra in Canada and one of the best in the world. He has earned more than 40 international awards and distinctions, including two Grammy Awards (USA), several Juno Awards (Canada), the Grand Prix du Président de la République (France), the Prix mondial du disque de Montreux (Switzerland), the Amsterdam Edison Award, the Japan Record Academy Award, and the German Music Critics' Award. He and the OSM made many recordings for the Decca/London label. Photographic portrait taken ca. ... Zubin Mehta (born April 29, 1936) is an Indian conductor of Western classical music. ... The Montreal Symphony Orchestra (MSO) (in French: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM)) is a major orchestra based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, with its home venue at Montreals Place des Arts. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... The Juno Awards are awards of achievement presented to Canadian musical artists and bands. ...

Other conducting activities

Since 1990, he has been the artistic director and principal conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra's summer festival in Saratoga Springs, New York, and of the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. In 1991, he was made an Honorary Citizen of the city of Philadelphia. Saratoga Springs redirects here. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Cradle of Liberty, the City That Loves You Back, the Quaker City, The Birthplace of America Motto: Philadelphia maneto - Let brotherly love continue Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701  - Mayor...

From 1991 to 2001, Dutoit was Music Director of the Orchestre National de France with whom he made a number of critically lauded recordings and toured extensively on the five continents. In 1996 he was appointed principal conductor of Tokyo's NHK Symphony Orchestra. In 1997 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada; he is also the only non-Canadian citizen to be a Grand Officer of the Ordre national du Québec. The Orchestre National de France is a symphony orchestra run by Radio France. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The NHK Symphony Orchestra (NHK交響楽団) in Tokyo, Japan began as the New Symphony Orchestra on October 5, 1926 and was the countrys first professional orchestra. ... Seal of the Order of Canada The Order of Canada is Canadas highest civilian honour, with membership awarded to those who exemplify the Orders Latin motto Desiderantes meliorem patriam, which means (those) desiring a better country. ... The National Order of Quebec (French: Ordre national du Québec) is an order of merit bestowed by the government of Quebec, Canada. ...

In February 2007, he was named chief conductor and artistic adviser of The Philadelphia Orchestra. This will be an interim position of 4 years, starting in September 2008, while the orchestra searches for a new music director to replace Christoph Eschenbach.[1] [2] The Philadelphia Orchestra, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is one of the Big Five symphony orchestras in the United States and usually considered among the finest in the world. ... Christoph Eschenbach (born February 20, 1940 in Breslau, Germany (today Wroclaw, Poland)) is a noted pianist and conductor. ...

Personal life

Dutoit shuns publicity and protects his private life from the media. He has been married and divorced three times, including marriages to the concert pianist, Martha Argerich, and the economist Marie-Josée Drouin. Martha Argerich Martha Argerich (born June 5, 1941) is a pianist of Argentine origin. ... Marie-Josée Kravis, born Drouin (born September 11, 1949) is an economist from Montreal, Quebec. ...

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Preceded by
Sixten Ehrling
Principal Conductor, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Succeeded by
Neeme Järvi
Preceded by
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Music Director, Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Succeeded by
Kent Nagano
Preceded by
Lorin Maazel
Principal Conductor, Orchestre National de France
Succeeded by
Kurt Masur
Preceded by
Hiroshi Wakasugi
Principal Conductor, NHK Symphony Orchestra
Succeeded by
Vladimir Ashkenazy
Preceded by
Christoph Eschenbach
Chief Conductor, Philadelphia Orchestra
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