Charles Dutoit



Born: October 7, 1936  
One of the world's foremost conductors, Charles Dutoit is especially noted for his performances of French, Russian, and twentieth century music. Dutoit began his studies at the Lausanne Conservatory (violin, piano, and orchestral conducting), and later continued in Geneva. In 1958 he received his diploma in conducting and went to Alceo Galliera at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena. In 1959 he took additional training in orchestral Read more conducting in Tanglewood. From 1957 to 1959 Dutoit worked as a violist in Europe and South America before returning to Switzerland to conduct. In 1959 he was appointed as a guest conductor of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. From 1964 to 1966 he worked as a conductor for Radio Zurich, and from 1965-1967 he conducted ballet at the Vienna Opera. He succeeded Paul Kletzki as the head of the Bern Symphony Orchestra (1968-1978). In addition to his work in Bern, he directed the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico from 1973 to 1975, and the Symphony Orchestra of Göteborg from 1975 to 1978. In 1977 Dutoit obtained the major appointment of his career: music director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He quickly elevated the Montreal to international acclaim. He notably improved the orchestra's scheduling of Classical-era works, particularly the symphonies of Haydn. He is also noted for the championing of new Canadian music. Dutoit has been the artistic director and principal conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra's concert series at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY, and has also directed the orchestra's summer series at the Mann Music Center in Philadelphia. In 1990, Dutoit became music director of the Orchestre National de France. Since September 1996, he has been the principal conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo and as of September 1998, also their music director. In April 2002, Dutoit resigned his position with Montreal Symphony.

While in Montreal, Dutoit established an impressive legacy of recordings that won over 40 national and international awards including the Grand Prix du Président de la République (France), the High Fidelity International Record Critics' Award, the Amsterdam Edison Award, the Japan Record Academy Award, the German Music Critics' Award, as well as numerous Juno awards. Dutoit and the Montreal received their first Grammy Award in 1996 for Best Opera Recording of Berlioz's Les Troyens and more recently, a second Grammy for their 1999 recording of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto Nos. 1 and No. 3, and Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 3 with pianist Martha Argerich (Dutoit's former wife). The Montreal and Dutoit also recently won a Juno Award for their recording of Respighi's La Boutique Fantasque and Impressioni brasiliane.

Between 1981 and 2001, Dutoit and the Montreal undertook significant tours of Europe, the Far East, South America and the United States. Dutoit has conducted all the major orchestras of the world including those in Cleveland, Chicago, Los Angeles, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Berlin and Munich Philharmonics, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Since his operatic debut at Covent Garden in 1983, he has conducted the Metropolitan Opera and at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. Dutoit has received numerous awards and distinctions including honorary doctorates from McGill University, the Université de Montréal, and the Université Laval. In 1982 Dutoit was named Musician of the Year by the Canadian Music Council, and in 1988 he received the Canadian Music Council Medal in recognition of his contribution to music in Canada. Also in 1988, the French government made Dutoit an Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and in 1996, he was promoted to Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Read less
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  • 1.
    100 Classical Masterworks
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002188102 Release Date: 01/06/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Edvard Grieg,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Lorin Maazel,  Neeme Järvi,  Herbert von Karajan,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Neeme Järvi,  Herbert von Karajan,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theater Violin Ensemble,  Ansbach Bach Week Soloists Union,  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica  ... 
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    Kyung Wha Chung - Complete Decca Recordings [19 CDs & 1 DVD]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002217700 Release Date: 01/06/2015   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Jean Sibelius,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung,  Phillip Moll,  Radu Lupu,  Myung-Wha Chung  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  André Previn,  Rudolf Kempe,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Classics For The People Vol 2 / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94935 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Franz von Suppé,  John Philip Sousa,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Lucy Parham,  Deborah Norman,  Timothy Gill,  Roderick Elms
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Goldsmiths' Choral Union
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    Rachmaninov: The Complete Works
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002145102 Release Date: 09/23/2014   Number of Discs: 32
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  André Previn,  Peter Jablonski,  Mikhail Pletnev  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Stanislaw Wislocki  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Goldner String Quartet,  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    James Galway - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 302633 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 73
    Composer:  Arthur Smith,  Various,  Traditional,  Stan Lebowsky  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Sylvia,  Marisa Robles,  Phillip Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  Eduardo Mata  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Galway Pops Orchestra  ... 
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    Szymanowski: Symphonies 2 & 3  / Dorati
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002141702 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karol Szymanowski
    Performer:  Ryszard Karczykowski,  Chantal Juillet
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra,  Kenneth Jewell Chorale,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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    A Tribute to Krzysztof Penderecki / Mutter, Muller-Schott, Dutoit
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 20276 Release Date: 06/24/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Roman Patkoló,  Daniel Müller-Schott,  Arto Noras  ... 
    Conductor:  Krzysztof Urbanski,  Charles Dutoit,  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia,  Warsaw Philharmonic Chorus,  Warsaw Boys' Choir  ... 
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    Henri Dutilleux Edition [6-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002027702 Release Date: 04/22/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Henri Dutilleux
    Performer:  Olivier Charlier,  Ildikó Vékony,  François Le Roux,  Robert Levin  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Graf,  Semyon Bychkov,  Charles Dutoit,  Alan Gilbert  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bordeaux-Aquitaine National Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris,  Bordeaux Aquitaine Orchestra  ... 
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    Strauss: Complete Tone Poems & Concertos [13-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002010402 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Arthur David Krehbiel,  Raymond Kobler,  Heinrich Schiff,  Jean-Yves Thibaudet  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Antal Doráti,  Kurt Masur,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  Detroit Symphony Orchestra,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  ... 
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    Decca Sound - The Analogue Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001934702 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 54
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Anton Bruckner,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Marilyn Horne,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Sir Georg Solti,  Bernard Haitink,  Horst Stein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Berlioz Masterworks / Dutoit, Montreal [17-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001915202 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Dimitri Bortniansky,  Johann Paul A. Martini
    Performer:  Françoise Pollet,  Deborah Voigt,  Gino Quilico,  Jean-Phillipe Courtis  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Chorus
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    Gubaidulina: Offertorium, Hommage To T.s. Eliot / Dutoit, Kremer, Boston So
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001884002 Release Date: 08/20/2013  
    Composer:  Sofia Gubaidulina
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Christine Whittlesey,  Klaus Thunemann,  Isabelle van Keulen  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Martha Argerich - 5 Classic Albums
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 844412 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Béla Bartók,  Frédéric Chopin,  Alberto Ginastera  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Renaud Capuçon,  Mischa Maisky
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Alexandre Rabinovitch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
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    Verbier Festival 2012 - Dutoit Conducts Tchaikovsky, Honeck Conducts Brahms
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3079958 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verbier Festival Orchestra
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    Debussy: Printemps, La Boite a Joujoux, Children's Corner / Dutoit
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 444386 Release Date: 01/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Pierre-Vincent Plante,  Ted Baskin,  James Earl Barnes
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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    Lugano Concertos / Martha Argerich [Limited Edition 4-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001725602 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Francis Poulenc,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Alexandre Gurning,  Paul Gulda,  Rico Gulda  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexandre Rabinovitch,  Erasmo Capilla,  Alexander Vedernikov,  Charles Dutoit  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Switzerland Radio/TV Orchestra,  Italian Switzerland Radio/TV Chorus,  Lugano Percussion Group
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    Ravel Complete Edition [14-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001728702 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  François-Joël Thiollier,  Jean-Yves Thibaudet,  Pierre-Laurent Aimard,  Ivo Pogorelich  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Charles Dutoit,  Ernest Ansermet,  John Eliot Gardiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London,  Nash Ensemble,  Melos String Quartet Stuttgart  ... 
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    Violin Encores
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001742802 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  John T. Williams,  Fritz Kreisler,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Nigel Kennedy,  Janine Jansen,  Clifford Benson,  Shlomo Mintz  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge,  Barry Wordsworth,  Charles Dutoit,  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roby Lakatos Ensemble
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    Debussy: La Mer / Dutoit, Orchestre Symphonique De Montreal
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001708702 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Timothy Hutchins
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Montréal Symphony Women's Chorus
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    Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto; Symphony No. 4 'italian'
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001706902 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi,  Charles Dutoit
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  • 21.
    Rodrigo: Concierto De Aranjuez
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001707202 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Manuel de Falla
    Performer:  Carlos Bonell
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
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    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001708002 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Peter Hurford,  Pascal Rogé
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
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  • 23.
    Claire De Lune - Debussy Favorites
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001675502 Release Date: 05/01/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  James Earl Barnes,  Timothy Hutchins,  Vera Badings,  Zoltán Kocsis  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Bernard Haitink,  Ernest Ansermet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Suisse Romande Orchestra  ... 
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  • 24.
    Chabrier: Le Roi Malgre Lui / Hendricks, Quilico, Dutoit
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2564662133 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier
    Performer:  Isabel Garcisanz,  Barbara Hendricks,  Gino Quilico,  Peter Jeffes  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French Radio New Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 25.
    Magnificat - 500 Years Of Choral Masterworks [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001664502 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Gregorio Allegri,  Antonio Lotti,  Orlando de Lassus,  Josquin Des Préz  ... 
    Performer:  Patrick Russill,  Marinella Pennicchi,  Michael Chance,  Mark Tucker  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers,  Paul McCreesh,  Stephen Cleobury,  Edward Wickham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players  ... 
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