Artistic Leadership

Stéphane Denève
Music Director

Known for his visionary storytelling and heartfelt interpretations, Stéphane Denève began his tenure as the 13th Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in September 2019. Since his first visit to St. Louis in 2003, he has charmed audiences with his wit and genuine warmth, and has since shared many memorable musical moments with the St. Louis community, 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.

In 2021, his tenure was extended through the conclusion of the 2025/2026 season.


Past Music Directors

There has been 13 SLSO Music Directors since the orchestra's founding in 1880 with inaugural Music Director Joseph Otten.

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