Wachtel On The Arts - Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Photo credit : Marco Borgrreve

Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Photo credit : Marco Borgrreve

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Eleanor Wachtel speaks with 37-year-old Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the most successful conductor in Canadian history, who has just been made a Companion of the Order of Canada and recently took over the venerable Philadelphia Orchestra. Known for engaging audiences and attracting young people -  in Rotterdam, he orchestrated a takeover by his musicians of a warehouse rock concert, surprising the teenage crowd, who loved it and crowd-surfed him. Yannick Nezet-Seguin talks to Eleanor about his life, his passion for classical music from an early age, his mentors and his idea of what's at the heart of being a great orchestra conductor.


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