Renowned for polished and idiomatic interpretations of an eclectic array of musical styles, Charles Dutoit regularly collaborates with the world's pre-eminent orchestras and soloists. Throughout a career that has energetically spanned the globe and mined the riches of orchestral repertoire, Charles Dutoit has exhibited a passion for excellence and insatiable discovery.
For 25 years (1977 to 2002), he has been the Artistic Director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, a dynamic musical partnership that generated thousands of sterling performances and over 85 recordings on the Decca, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Phillips and CBC labels. Together, they embarked on more than three dozen international tours, performing in virtually every major concert hall in the world, including twenty annual visits to New York's Carnegie Hall plus acclaimed appearances at the Hollywood Bowl, Ravinia, and Tanglewood. The Dutoit-Montreal discography, which ranges from Pergolesi to Piazzolla, has garnered more than 40 prestigious international awards and distinctions, including two Grammy Awards (USA), the Grand Prix du Président de la République (France), the Prix mondial du disque de Montreux, the High Fidelity International Record Critics' Award, the Amsterdam Edison Award, the Japan Record Academy Award, the German Music Critics' Award, and several Juno Awards (Canada).
In 1996, Charles Dutoit was appointed Principal Conductor and in 1998, Music Director of the NHK Symphony Orchestra (Tokyo) with whom he has toured Europe 3 times, the United States, China and South East Asia, including Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
Since 1990, he has been the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra's summer concert series at the Saratoga Festival of the Performing Arts in upstate New York. Between 1990 and 1999, he also directed the orchestra's summer series at the Mann Music Center in Philadelphia, and led them in a series of distinctive recordings. In 1991, he was made an Honorary Citizen of the city of Philadelphia.
From 1991 to 2001, Charles 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.
Since his debut in the United States with the Philadelphia Orchestra in the early 80's and his appointment as principal guest conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, Charles Dutoit has conducted regularly all the major symphony orchestras in the country, including those of New York, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Washington and Houston.
Charles Dutoit also conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, all the major orchestras of London as well as those of France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.
More then 150 recordings with a variety of orchestras have been released on the Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Philips, CBS, and Erato labels.
In 1964, Charles Dutoit was invited by Herbert von Karajan to conduct at the Vienna State Opera. Since his subsequent operatic debut at Covent Garden, he has frequently conducted at the Metropolitan Opera and the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. He also conducted a highly acclaimed new stage production of Berlioz's masterpiece Les Troyens at the Los Angeles Music Center Opera.
In 1988, Charles Dutoit was invested as Officier, and in 1996 as Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the government of France. In 1995, the government of Québec named him Grand Officier de l'Ordre national du Québec. He has been awarded the Canadian Music Council Medal as well as the Diploma of Honor by the Canadian Conference of the Arts - both in recognition of his distinguished service and exceptional contributions to music in Canada. Along with John Kenneth Galbraith, James Hillier, Nelson Mandela and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Charles Dutoit is one of only five people who have been invested as Honorary Officer of the Order of Canada, the country's highest award of merit.
Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, his musical training took him to Geneva, Sienna, Venice, and Tanglewood, where he worked with Charles Munch. An inveterate globetrotter both professionally and personally, he maintains residences in Montreal, Tokyo and Paris.
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