Yannick Nézet-Séguin Named Artist of the Year By Musical America

It’s been an honor-filled season for Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The Montreal-born maestro recently opened the Met Opera’s 2015-2016 season in Verdi’s Otello, he and the Orchestra played for Pope Francis during the World Meeting of Families festival, he even threw out a first pitch a Phillies game a few weeks ago (video below.) To add a little icing to the cake, this week he was named “Artist of the Year” by eminent performing arts publication Musical America.

The cover of the latest issue shows Nézet-Séguin front and center. He’s standing along the Parkway with City Hall and a crowd of people in the background. He’s presumably on stage during the pope concert.

In a release from the Orchestra sent out yesterday evening, Nézet-Séguin remarks on the award, which touts the “brilliance and virtuosity” of his performances. “I am deeply and sincerely honored to accept this prestigious honor,” he says. “In truth, this goes to all of the musicians I conduct, in Philadelphia, Rotterdam, and Montreal, and throughout the world. These are the people creating the magic that connects audiences to the music, spreading messages of hope and joy.”

Musical America has been doling out Artist of the Year awards since 1960. Nézet-Séguin shares the accolade with folks like Leonard Bernstein, Plácido Domingo, Yo-Yo Ma and more. The award will be handed out in a special presentation at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Terrace Room on Tuesday, December 8th.