Trained as a violinist, Ludovic Morlot studied conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London and then at the Royal College of Music as recipient of the Norman del Mar Conducting Fellowship. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in 2014. He is Chair of Orchestral Conducting Studies at the University of Washington School of Music in Seattle.
Ludovic Morlot is Music Director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. During the 2014-15 season he will conduct a wide variety of works ranging from Mozart’s Requiem and Mahler Symphony No 3 to premieres by Sebastian Currier, Julian Anderson and Trimpin. He has also conducted the New York Philharmonic and the symphony orchestras in Philadelphia, Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Outside North America he has worked with the Royal Concertgebouw, Czech Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, Tonhalle, Budapest Festival, Orchestre National de France, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestras. Ludovic Morlot served as conductor in residence with the Orchestre National de Lyon under David Robertson (2002-04).
Since January 2012, Ludovic Morlot has been Chief Conductor of La Monnaie. This season he will conduct a world premiere, Dusapin’s Penthesilea and a new production of Don Giovanni. Concert performances will include Brahms, Dutilleux, Dvorak, Berlioz’s L'enfance du Christ and a complete symphony cycle by Schumann. Last season Ludovic conducted new productions of La Clemenza di Tito (Mozart) and Jenůfa (Janáček) and orchestral performances in both Brussels and Aix-en-Provence.
During the 2014-15 season Ludovic Morlot will return to both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. He has a particularly close relationship with the latter, with whom he will conduct two subscription weeks, including the world premiere performance of Anne Clyne’s Violin Concerto. He also has a strong connection with the Boston Symphony Orchestra whom he conducts regularly in Boston and Tanglewood and recently on a tour to the west coast of America. This relationship started in 2001 when he was the Seiji Ozawa Fellowship Conductor at the Tanglewood Music Center and subsequently appointed assistant conductor for the orchestra and their Music Director James Levine (2004-07).