Currently Musical Director of the Opera National de Paris and Principal Guest
Conductor of the Berlin Staatsoper unter den Linden, Philippe Jordan has at 35
already established himself as one of the most gifted and exciting conductors
of his generation.
Philippe Jordan's musical education began with piano lessons at the age of
six. At the age of eight, he joined the Zurich Sängerknaben and he was eleven
when he began studying violin. At sixteen, he entered the Zurich Conservatory
where he obtained his diploma of piano teacher with honors. He studied
theory and composition with the Swiss composer Hans Ulrich Lehmann and
continued his piano studies with Karl Engel. At the same time, he worked as
assistant to Maestro Jeffrey Tate on Wagner's Ring Cycle at the Châtelet in
Paris. He continues to appear occasionally as pianist in recital and chamber
His career began in 1994/95 as Kapellmeister of the Ulm Stadttheater. From
1998-2001, he was assistant to Daniel Barenboim at the Deutsche Staatsoper
in Berlin. From 2001-2004, he held the position of Chief Conductor of the Graz
Opera and Graz Philharmonic Orchestra. In this period he made his debut at
several prestigious international Opera houses and festivals, the Houston Grand
Opera, the Glyndebourne Festival (Carmen), the Metropolitan Opera, New York,
the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Bayerische Staatsoper, Muncih, the
Salzburger Festspiele (Cosi fan tutte), the Wiener Staatsoper and the
Festspielhaus Baden Baden (Tannhäuser).
Philippe Jordan's orchestral engagements have included the Berlin
Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Staatskapelle, Vienna
Symphony, Vienna RSO, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France,
Philharmonia Orchestra London, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia,
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Tonhalle Zurich, Chamber Orchestra of Europe,
Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Gustav Mahler Jungendorchester, NDR/Hamburg
Symphony, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg. In North America, he has appeared
with the Seattle, St. Louis, Dallas, Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia,
Washington, Minnesota, Montreal, New York and San Francisco Orchestras.
In the 2008/09 season, Philippe Jordan conducted the complete Ring cycle of
Wagner at the Zurich Opera (Robert Wilson production) as well as making his
concert debut at Teatro alla Scala.
Highlights of the present season include the first half of a new Ring cycle at
the Opera National de Paris, debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
and Die Meistersinger at the Zurich Opera.
Philippe Jordan has recorded Carmen (Glyndebourne Festival), Werther
(Wiener Staatsoper), Doktor Faust (Zurich Opera) and Salomé (Covent Garden)
and Tannhäuser (Baden Baden rl. 12/08) in DVD format. He has also recorded
for Naïve Beethoven Piano concertos nos. 1 & 5 and Piano concerto no. 4 &
piano and wind quintet with François-Frédéric Guy and Orchestre
Philharmonique de Radio France.