Coming from an artistic Swiss family, Philippe Jordan’s career has taken him to all the world’s major opera houses, festivals and orchestras, and he is regarded as one of the most established and important conductors of our time. He has been appointed Music Director of the Wiener Staatsoper beginning in September 2020.
Jordan started his career at the age of 20 as musical director at Theater Ulm. In 1998 he became assistant to Daniel Barenboim at the Berlin State Opera. From 2001-2004 he was principal conductor of Graz Opera and the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra. During this period he also debuted at several of the world’s leading opera houses and festivals, for example the Metropolitan Opera New York, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala, Bavarian State Opera, the Wiener Staatsoper and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, and the festivals of Aix-en-Provence, Glyndebourne and Salzburg.
From 2006-2010 Jordan returned to the Berlin State Opera as principal guest conductor. During this time he also appeared regularly in his hometown at the Zurich Opera, where he rehearsed Wagner’s entire »Ring«-cycle for the first time, among other projects. In the summer of 2012 Philippe Jordan debuted at the Bayreuth Festival with »Parsifal«, which he followed up in 2017 with Bayreuth’s new production of »Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg«, which he also conducted in subsequent years. In Summer 2021,Philippe Jordan will leave his post as musical director of the Opéra national de Paris, which he has helmed since 2009. During his time as musical director in Paris he has conducted numerous premieres and revivals, including »Moses und Aaron«, »La damnation de Faust«, »Der Rosenkavalier«, »Samson et Dalila«, »Lohengrin«, »Don Carlos« (French original version), »Benvenuto Cellini«, »Bérénice« and »Les Troyens«, »Don Giovanni« and the new production of Borodin’s »Prince Igor«. In his last season as musical director at Opéra national de Paris he will conduct Wagner’s “Ring” cycle in a concert version.
As a symphonic conductor, Philippe Jordan has conducted the world’s most famous orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg and the symphony orchestras of Seattle, St Louis, Dallas, Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Washington, Minnesota, Montreal, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. Some of his upcoming orchestra engagements include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chicago Symphony and San Francisco Symphony.
Philippe Jordan has also been principal conductor of the Wiener Symphoniker since the 2014/15 season. Together with the orchestra he has developed complete cycles of Schubert’s symphonies and Beethoven’s symphonies and piano concerti, and a cycle of J. S. Bach’s major masses and oratorios. In a three-part Bruckner project at the Wiener Musikverein, he performed the composer’s seventh, eighth and ninth symphonies in a contrast-filled dialogue with modern classics by Kurtág, Ligeti and Scelsi. Some of his other projects with the Vienna Symphony include: familiar and rarely played works of Hector Berlioz, the oeuvre of Johannes Brahms, and – for the Beethoven anniversary year – a reconstruction of the legendary Grand Concert of 22 December 1808 with performances in Paris and Vienna. His recording work with the Wiener Symphoniker includes discs of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique” (September 2014) and Schubert’s 7th and 8th symphonies (August 2015). A recording of the complete Beethoven symphonies with the Wiener Symphoniker was completed in Autumn 2019. In the summer of 2019 a double CD featuring Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique and its second, less known part Lélio was released to critical acclaim. A further release of two double CDs, featuring all four Brahms symphonies, is planned for autumn 2020.