Philippe Jordan

Music Director

Philippe Jordan · Music Director

As the current Music Director of both the Wiener Symphoniker and the Opéra national de Paris Philippe Jordan has established himself as one of the most talented and exciting conductors of his generation. He has been appointed Music Director of the Wiener Staatsoper beginning in 2020. His career began as Kapellmeister at the Ulm Stadttheater and at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin. From 2001–2004, he held the position of Chief Conductor of the  Graz Opera and Graz Philharmonic Orchestra. From 2006–2010, he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden.

Philippe Jordan, seit 2014 Chefdirigent der Wiener Symphoniker

Philippe Jordan has worked at the most prestigious international opera houses and festivals including the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Teatro alla Scala, the Wiener Staatsoper, the Bayerische Staatsoper München, the Opernhaus Zürich, the Salzburger Festspiele, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the festivals of Aix-en-Provence Festival and Glyndebourne. Having debuted at the Bayreuther Festspiele with Parsifal in 2012, he returned in 2017 with a new production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, which he conducted again in 2018 and will also conduct in the summer of 2019. He returns to New York in Spring 2019 to conduct The Ring of the Nibelungen at the Metropolitan Opera.

Philippe Jordan’s orchestral engagements have included both the Berliner and Wiener Philharmoniker, the Berliner Staatskapelle, the Münchner Philharmoniker, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Philharmonia Orchestra London, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Tonhalle Zürich as well as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester. In North America, he has appeared with the New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Washington und Montreal Orchestras.

With the Wiener Symphoniker Philippe Jordan has performed an integral cycle of the complete Schubert symphonies, Beethoven’s symphonies and piano concertos – the later combined with the main orchestral works of Béla Bartók – and a cycle of Bach’s great masses and oratorios.

With the Wiener Symphoniker he has so far recorded Tchaikovsky’s ‘Pathétique’ followed by Schubert’s 7th and 8th Symphonies. Until 2020 his recordings of all Beethoven symphonies with the orchestra will be released on five CDs.

Concert dates with Philippe Jordan

Conductor Lahav Shani (c) Marco Borggreve
Principal Guest Conductor

Lahav Shani

Prodigiously gifted 27 year old Israeli conductor Lahav Shani will be the Wiener Symphoniker's Principal Guest Conductor from the season 2017-18 onwards.

Andrés Orozco-Estrada2 (c) Martin Sigmund
Music Director Designate

Andrés Orozco-Estrada

Andrés Orozco-Estrada, born in Colombia and trained in Vienna, is one of the most sought-after conductors of his generation.

Conductor Georges Pretre (c) Stephan Trierenberg
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Honorary Conductors

So far only two conductors have been honoured with the title of Honorary Conductor of the Wiener Symphoniker; both true legends of music history: Georges Prêtre and Wolfgang Sawallisch.