The Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the world’s pre-eminent orchestras. It strives to share the transformative power of music with the widest possible audience, and to create joy, connection and excitement through music in the Philadelphia region, across the country and around the world. Through innovative programming, robust educational initiatives and an ongoing commitment to the communities that it serves, the ensemble is on a path to create an expansive future for classical music, and to further the place of the arts in an open and democratic society. Yannick Nézet-Séguin is the eighth music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He joins a remarkable list since the orchestra’s founding in 1900: Fritz Scheel, Carl Pohlig, Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy, Riccardo Muti, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Christoph Eschenbach.
The Philadelphia Orchestra’s award-winning education and community initiatives engage over 50,000 students, families and community members of all ages. Through concerts, tours, residencies and recordings, the Orchestra is a global ambassador. It performs annually at Carnegie Hall, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and the Bravo! Vail Music Festival. The orchestra also has a rich touring history, having first performed outside Philadelphia in its earliest days. In 1973 it was the first American orchestra to perform in the People’s Republic of China, launching a decades-long commitment of people-to-people exchange. Under Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s leadership, the orchestra returned to recording on the Deutsche Grammophon label. The orchestra also reaches thousands of radio listeners with weekly broadcasts on WRTI-FM and SiriusXM.