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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. He recently extended his commitment to the SLSO through spring 2026.

Now in his third season as the 13th Music Director of the SLSO, Stéphane has shaped his tenure around creating thrilling musical experiences that give an authentic voice to music across genre and time. He maintains his commitment to composers and music of today through thoughtful and innovative programming. He also remains committed to listening and learning, as well as nurturing the SLSO's reputation as a creative hub for the St. Louis community and making orchestral music accessible to all.

In his third season as SLSO Music Director, Denève programmed music that spans genre and time, with familiar and beloved pieces alongside works that spark curiosity and adventure, continuing the SLSO's longstanding tradition of identifying and performing music by composers of today. Each classical concert presents at least one work to St. Louis audiences for the first time. In total, 34 pieces will enter the SLSO's repertoire in the 21/22 season, including 26 works by 22 composers of today.

Since his first visit to St. Louis in 2003, he has charmed audiences with his wit and genuine warmth, and has since shared memorable moments 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 (February 2020) and a night of movie music, sharing the podium with acclaimed composer John Williams (November 2019). His concerts have been described as "near perfect," "revelatory," "Olympian in its grandeur," and "stunning" by critics.



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