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Yan Pascal Tortelier

Biography

Born: April 19, 1947; Paris, France  
Yan-Pascal Tortelier is among the finest conductors emerging in the last quarter of the twentieth century.

He comes from an eminent musical family: His father was cellist Paul Tortelier (1914-1990). Yan-Pascal studied violin and piano and began studying harmony and counterpoint with Nadia Boulanger. Of his violin studies at the Paris Conservatoire he says he "thinks he reached a high standard" but "couldn't quite make it." In fact, he won
Read more First Prize in violin at the Conservatory at age 14 and at the same age made his debut as a soloist with the London Philharmonic in Brahms' Double Concerto (1962).

He took conducting studies with Franco Ferrara in the Accademia Chigiana in Siena in 1973. He began guest conducting and in 1974 was appointed associate conductor of the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, remaining in that position through the season ending in 1983. He also conducted opera performances in Toulouse. He was principal conductor and artistic director of the Ulster Orchestra (Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1989-1992). In 1990 he was named principal conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, effective at the start of the 1992 season, remaining in that position until 2002. As such, he frequently appeared leading live concerts on the BBC from that orchestra's home at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, as well as at annual performances at the Henry Woods "Proms" Concerts. In 1995, he took it on a very successful tour of the U.S. to celebrate the orchestra's 60th anniversary season.

Tortelier also guest conducts widely, appearing at some of the world's leading orchestras. His first appearance in the U.S. was in 1985, with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. In the early part of 2000 his scheduled guest appearances included concerts with Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, and the San Francisco Symphony.

He records exclusively for Chandos Records, which has released performances with the BBC Philharmonic and the Ulster Orchestra, included complete orchestral works of Debussy and Ravel. The later series included Tortelier's own orchestration of Ravel's Trio. With the BBC Philharmonic Tortelier has worked on complete cycles of music by Roussel and Dutilleux, and has also recorded works by Lutoslawski, Fauré, and Dukas, including two discs that won the prestigious Diapason d'Or award. Read less
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  • 1.
    Weber: Symphonies, Overtures, Concertos / Blomstedt, Marriner, Tortelier
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94698 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber
    Performer:  Peter Rösel,  Emma Johnson
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Herbert Blomstedt,  Yan Pascal Tortelier,  Gerard Schwarz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Top 50 Favourite Classical Chillout Tunes
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94659 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonín Dvorák,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Klára Würtz,  Sara Crombach,  Wladislav Warenberg,  Alexander Goldenweiser  ... 
    Conductor:  Dirk Vermeulen,  Paavo Järvi,  Roy Goodman,  Gil Sharon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima La Musica,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hanover Band  ... 
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    Anthology Of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vol 7: 2000-2010
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 12004 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Leos Janácek,  Richard Strauss,  Alphons Diepenbrock,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Vesko Eschkenazy,  Godfried Hoogeveen,  Lars Vogt,  Jorgen Van Rijen  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Elder,  Lorin Maazel,  Claus Peter Flor,  Riccardo Chailly  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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    Fifty Shades Of Grey: The Classical Album
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 78466 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Johann Pachelbel,  Thomas Tallis,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Samson François,  Arleen Augér,  José Luis Garcia,  Peter Barley  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Yan Pascal Tortelier,  Stephen Cleobury  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cellos of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Cellos,  Les Violons du Roy
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    The Very Best Of Paul Tortelier
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 21730 Release Date: 07/17/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Johannes Brahms,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Tortelier,  Maria de La Pau,  Max Rostal,  Shuku Iwasaki  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Tortelier,  Jörg Faerber,  Rudolf Kempe,  Sir Adrian Boult  ... 
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    Schmitt: La Tragedie De Salome, Le Palais Hante, Psaume 47 / Tortelier, Bullock, São Paulo Symphony
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5090 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Florent Schmitt
    Performer:  Susan Bullock
    Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
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    Ravel, Debussy & Massenet / Bavouzet, Tortelier, BBC Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5084 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Jules Massenet,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
    Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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    Zen Voices
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 28443 Release Date: 05/18/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Gabriel Fauré,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Lambert Orkis,  Arleen Augér,  Barbara Hendricks  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Schoenwandt,  Daniel Barenboim,  Laurence Equilbey,  Paavo Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cellos ensemble of the Orchestre de Paris,  Ensemble Matheus,  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris  ... 
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  • 9.
    Best Tchaikovsky 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56339 Release Date: 05/04/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Charles Abramovic,  Sarah Chang,  Ayako Uehara,  Olaf Maninger  ... 
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons,  Seiji Ozawa,  Lovro von Matacic,  Richard Hickox  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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    100 Best Relaxing Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 15606 Release Date: 01/15/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Andrei Gavrilov,  Europa Galante,  Fabio Biondi  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Alberto Lysy,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Erno Olah  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seminario Musicale,  Quartet of London,  Scottish Ensemble  ... 
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    Tchaikovsky: Complete Music For Piano And Orchestra, Etc / Donohoe
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 00962 Release Date: 10/02/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Nigel Kennedy,  Peter Donohoe,  Paul Tortelier
    Conductor:  Okko Kamu,  Rudolf Barshai,  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Northern Sinfonia
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  • 12.
    Ultimate Cello Classics - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000972402 Release Date: 09/11/2007   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber,  Samuel Sanders,  Heinrich Schiff,  John Birch  ... 
    Conductor:  Václav Neumann,  Nicholas Cleobury,  Maxim Shostakovich,  Yan Pascal Tortelier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 13.
    An Introduction To Claude Debussy
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 2024 Release Date: 09/19/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  André Caplet,  Colin Fleming,  Derek Bell
    Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
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    The Essential Dukas / Tortelier, Fingerhut, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 24132 Release Date: 05/23/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Paul Dukas
    Performer:  Margaret Fingerhut
    Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ulster Orchestra
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    Poèmes De L'amour - Debussy, Chausson, Ravel / Graham, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 61938 Release Date: 03/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Ernest Chausson
    Performer:  Susan Graham
    Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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    Schumann: Concertos
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 964849 Release Date: 03/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Paul Tortelier,  Gerd Seifert,  Christopher Kohler,  Manfred Klier  ... 
    Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier,  Klaus Tennstedt,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Bear Essentials - Classics For Funerals
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 2418 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Maurice Ravel,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Louis Lortie,  Emma Kirkby,  Philip Kenyon,  Yvonne Kenny  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  Neeme Järvi,  Andrew Parrott,  George Guest  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus  ... 
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    Peace - Pure Classical Calm
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 76773 Release Date: 01/25/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Tavener,  Karl Jenkins,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Dmitri Alexeev,  Mikhail Pletnev,  Edward Saklatvala,  Arleen Augér  ... 
    Conductor:  David Hill,  Karl Jenkins,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Libor Pesek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Bear Essentials - Remembrance Classics
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 24117 Release Date: 11/09/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Eric Coates,  Gordon Langford,  William Paris Chambers,  Henry Walford Davies  ... 
    Performer:  Paula Bott,  Bryn Terfel,  Roderick Elms,  Libby Crabtree  ... 
    Conductor:  Alex Evans,  Roy Newsome,  Richard Hickox,  Matthias Bamert  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cranwell Royal Air Force College Band,  Besses o' th' Barn Band,  Regimental Band of the Coldstream Guards  ... 
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    Ravel: Orchestral Music / Tortelier, Ulster Orchestra
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10251 Release Date: 10/19/2004   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Colin Fleming,  Rachel Masters,  Linda Finnie,  Christopher Blake  ... 
    Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra,  Belfast Philharmonic Society Chorus,  Renaissance Singers
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    Bizet: Carmen Suite No 1 & 2, Etc / Tortelier, Et Al
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6693 Release Date: 07/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
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    Cello Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000233402 Release Date: 05/11/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Alexander Borodin,  Alexander Glazunov  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber,  Bruno Canino,  Lynn Harrell,  John Lenehan  ... 
    Conductor:  James Judd,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Antal Doráti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Debussy: La Mer, Printemps;  Ravel: Trio / Tortelier
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9114 Release Date: 02/03/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy
    Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Debussy: Complete Works For Orchestra / Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10144 Release Date: 01/20/2004   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Colin Fleming,  Anne Queffélec,  Christopher King,  Rachel Masters  ... 
    Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra,  Grosvenor High School Choir Girls' Voices,  The Renaissance Singers
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    Romantic Classics
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 24114 Release Date: 01/20/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Alexander Glazunov,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Earl Wild,  Israela Margalit,  Craig Ogden,  Luba Edlina  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  Neeme Järvi,  Jascha Horenstein,  Sachio Fujioka  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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