Stephane Deneve: A graduate of the Paris Conservatoire where he was awarded a unanimous First Prize in 1995, Stéphane Denève began his career as Sir Georg Solti's assistant for Bluebeard's Castle with the Orchestre de Paris (1995) and Don Giovanni at the Paris National Opera (1996). He also assisted Georges Prêtre for Turandot at the Paris National Opera (1997) and Seiji Ozawa for Dialogues des Carmélites at the Saito Kinen Festival (1998). At home in a broad range of repertoire and a champion of new music, Stéphane Denève has a particular affinity with the music of his native France, and has conducted works by Grétry, Debussy, Ravel, Berlioz, Roussel, Fauré, and Poulenc.
In recent years he has also premiered a number of works by the contemporary French composer Guillaume Connesson. Highlights of the past season have included debuts with the BBC Symphony, NDR Symphony Hamburg, Maggio Musicale Florence, San Francisco Symphony and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra.