Charles Dutoit

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Charles Dutoit

Swiss conductor, particularly noted for his interpretations of French and Russian 20th century music add

Category: Music

Born in 1936.

Countries: United States (21%), France (15%), Canada (9%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Martha Argerich

Linked to: Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music, University of Montreal

 

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Charles Dutoit was born in 1936 add something


1957

Dutoit began his professional music career in 1957 as a viola player with various orchestras across Europe and South America add something


1959

From 1959 he was a guest conductor of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra add something

 

In January 1959, he made his debut as a professional conductor with an orchestra of Radio Lausanne and Martha Argerich add something


1960

Montreal Symphony Orchestra - Though it began touring and recording modestly in the 1960s and early 1970s under the batons of a young Zubin Mehta and Franz-Paul Decker, the OSM became a household name under the directorship of Charles Dutoit, who became music director in 1977 after the brief tenure and jolting departure of Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos


1967

After this, he was the conductor for Radio Zurich until 1967, when he took over the Bern Symphony Orchestra from Paul Kletzki, where he stayed for eleven years add something


1969

Martha Argerich - From 1969 to 1973, Argerich was married to conductor Charles Dutoit, with whom she had a daughter, Annie Dutoit


1973

Gothenburg Symphony - While head of the Bern Symphony, he conducted the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico from 1973 to 1975, and Sweden's Gothenburg Symphony from 1975 to 1978 add something


1977

In 1977, Dutoit became the Artistic Director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal add something


1980

Dutoit first conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1980 add something

 

Dutoit was principal guest conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra in the early 1980s add something


1990

From 1990 to 1999, he was music director of the orchestra's summer concerts at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts add something

 

Since 1990, Dutoit has directed the Pacific Music Festival in Japan add something

 

Since 1990, he has been the artistic director and principal conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra's summer festival in Saratoga Springs, New York, a post he relinquished in August 2010 add something


1991

From 1991 to 2001, Dutoit was Music Director of the Orchestre National de France, with whom he made a number of critically lauded recordings and toured extensively add something

 

In 1991, he was made an Honorary Citizen of the city of Philadelphia add something


1996

In 1996, he was appointed principal conductor of Tokyo's NHK Symphony Orchestra add something

 

Deborah Voigt - Voigt has been nominated for a Grammy *award several times and shared the 1996 "Best Opera Recording" *award for the recording of Berlioz's "Les Troyens" directed by Charles Dutoit with Montreal Symphony Orchestra


1997

In 1997, he was made an honorary Officer of the Order of Canada add something


1998

NHK Symphony Orchestra - Charles Dutoit, the orchestra's music director from 1998 to 2003, is now its music director emeritus


2002

In April 2002 Dutoit initiated dismissal procedures against two OSM musicians and the ensuing controversy lead to Dutoit's departure add something

 

Gustavo Dudamel - He attended Charles Dutoit's master class in Buenos Aires in 2002, and worked as assistant for Simon Rattle in Berlin and Salzburg in 2003

 

Montreal Symphony Orchestra - Then, in 2002, the OSM suffered the abrupt resignation of Charles Dutoit as music director


2003

Sergio Monteiro - In 2003, he won first Prize at the Martha Argerich International Piano competition in Buenos Aires and was invited to play with the Buenos Aires Philarmonic conducted by Charles Dutoit at the Colon Theatre, which launched his international career


2007

In February 2007, he was named chief conductor and artistic adviser of the Philadelphia Orchestra, for a contract of four years, effective September 2008 add something

 

In April 2007, Dutoit was named principal conductor and artistic director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as of 2009 add something


2008

Yannick Nezet-Seguin - In December 2008, Nézet-Séguin made his first appearance with the Philadelphia Orchestra, at the invitation of Charles Dutoit


2009

Verbier Festival - Since July 2009 Dutoit has served as the music director of the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland add something


2010

Chantal Juillet - For many years, Juillet has been a regular collaborator with and musical assistant to conductor Charles Dutoit, whom she married in February 2010


2012

As of the 2012-2013 season, he became Conductor Laureate of the orchestra add something


2013

Philadelphia Orchestra - Since Scheel's death, the orchestra has had eight music directors and one chief conductor, including Charles Dutoit, Wolfgang_Sawallisch, Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy and Christoph Eschenbach; as of 2013, the incumbent is Yannick Nézet-Séguin


 

In April 2014, Dutoit received the Lifetime Achievement award by the International Classical Music awards add something


2016

In February 2016, Charles Dutoit will make an extraordinary and unexpected return to the helm of the OSM for two concerts presented by the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival, engendered by its founder Alain Simard, a personal friend of the Maestro add something

 

Yuja Wang - In a departure from her previously predominantly Russian repertoire, she played Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 9, the "Jeunehomme", in February 2016 at David Geffen Hall in New York on four successive nights with Charles Dutoit conducting, then, in her debut with the Vienna Philharmonic under Valery Gergiev in Munich and Paris


2017

He is the former music director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de France and as of 2017, conductor emeritus of the Verbier Music Festival Orchestra add something

 

On 21 December 2017, the Associated Press reported that four women had accused Dutoit of sexually assaulting them between 1985 and 2010 add something

 

On December 24, 2017, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra announced that it had launched a sexual harassment investigation by an independent third party after receiving a complaint that named Dutoit add something

 

Sylvia McNair - In December 2017, McNair came forward as one of several women accusing famed conductor Charles Dutoit of sexual assault

 

James Levine - On December 21, 2017, four women accused Royal Philharmonic conductor Charles Dutoit of sexual assault, saying said they felt comfortable speaking up after Levine was suspended after allegations against him were made public


2018

In January 2018 a sixth accuser, British theatre administrator Fiona Allan, came forward add something

 

The Royal Philharmonic announced subsequently, on January 10, 2018, that Dutoit had left all roles with the orchestra with immediate effect add something

 

The number of women accusing Dutoit of sexual assault increased to 10 on January 11, 2018, as new women, several anonymous, came forward accusing him of attacks in the United States, Paris, and Montreal since the late 1970s add something

 

In September 2018, Dutoit was named principal guest conductor of the St Petersburg Philharmonic, effective May, 2019 add something

 

In September 2018, he was named principal guest conductor of the St Petersburg Philharmonic for the season 2018-2019 add something


2019

In October 2019 he was scheduled to stand down as the RPO's principal conductor and to take the title of Honorary Conductor for Life of the orchestra, but instead he resigned in January 2018 add something