The Philadelphia Orchestra, now and through June 2021 on the Digital Stage only, has appointed French conductor and singer Nathalie Stutzmann, 55, as Principal Guest Conductor for three years, beginning in the 2021–22 season. Stutzmann, who made her Philadelphia Orchestra debut as a vocalist in 1997. As Principal Guest Conductor, Stutzmann will spend multiple weeks each season in Philadelphia leading programs ranging from subscription and Family Concerts to special projects, community initiatives, and more. She will also serve as a key member of the creative planning process.
“It is my great pleasure to welcome Nathalie Stutzmann to the Philadelphia Orchestra family,” said Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. “Nathalie is a kindred spirit whose background as a contralto and work as an opera conductor have influenced her dynamic and highly successful career. She brings a depth of artistry, charismatic musicianship, and creativity to her work, making her an ideal collaborator. I look forward to watching her connection with the musicians of the Orchestra grow even deeper in the coming years and to experiencing her contributions to our artistic vision.”
Nathalie Stutzmann is in her third season as chief conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony in Norway, and from 2017 to 2020 was Principal Guest Conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony of Ireland. She studied conducting with the legendary Finnish teacher Jorma Panula and was mentored by Seiji Ozawa and Simon Rattle.