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Stéphane Denève

Music Director 

Stéphane DenèveStéphane Denève joined the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as Music Director in September 2019. Previously he served as Music Director Designate for the SLSO during the 2018/2019 season. He also served as a guest conductor with the SLSO eight times from 2003-2018. 

Now in his second season as the 13th Music Director of the SLSO, Stéphane was inspired by the way music encourages dialogue and amplifies a variety of voices. He maintains his commitment to composers and music of today through thoughtful and innovative programming. Elevating voices, creative storytelling, and conversation continue as themes for the SLSO's 2020/2021 programming, a season reimagined due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more about Stéphane's vision for the fall 2020 season here.

In his inaugural season as Music Director, Stéphane celebrated a Franco-American Arch of friendship between French and American musical cultures, using St. Louis' world-famous icon, the Gateway Arch, as a symbol for the season. He explored works by French composers Ravel, Debussy, Guillaume Connesson, Roussel, and Poulenc, as well as American composers Gershwin, Jennifer Higdon, John Adams, Kevin Puts, John Williams, and others.

Throughout the season, he charmed audiences at the annual concert in Forest Park, introduced new ideas including SLSO Crafted concerts, and made music more accessible with new ticket pricing and free tickets for community partners through Stéphane's Seats. He sold out Powell Hall for concerts including Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and a night of movie music, sharing the podium with acclaimed composer John Williams. His concerts were described as "near perfect," "revelatory," "Olympian in its grandeur," and "stunning" by critics.

Stéphane in Action


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