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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    Decca Sound: The Piano Edition
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4832243 Release Date: 11/17/2017   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Julius Katchen,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  André Previn  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Bernard Haitink,  André Previn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 2.
    Music for Mindfulness / Various
    Label: Verve   Catalog: 4832355 Release Date: 11/17/2017   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Debbie Wiseman,  Ola Gjeilo,  Olafur Arnalds,  Luke Howard  ... 
    Performer:  Olafur Arnalds,  Alice Rickards,  Alister Barker,  Luke Howard  ... 
    Conductor:  Eric Whitacre,  Paul Mealor,  Stevie Wishart,  Nigel Short  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Music Lab Collective,  Tenebrae,  Chamber Orchestra of London  ... 
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    Waltz Gold: 50 Great Tracks
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4832499 Release Date: 11/10/2017   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Emil Waldteufel,  Franz Lehár,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Nelson Freire,  Anton Karas,  Katia Labčque  ... 
    Conductor:  André Rieu,  Neeme Järvi,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Boston Symphony Orchestra: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797718 Release Date: 10/20/2017   Number of Discs: 57
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Alexander Scriabin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Zukofsky,  Christoph Eschenbach,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Teresa Berganza  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  William Steinberg,  Rafael Kubelik  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Chamber Players
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    The Planets: A Figure Skating and Modern Dance Fantasia / Dutoit, Montreal Symphony
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 26107 Release Date: 02/03/2017  
    Composer:  Gustav Holst
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 6.
    50 Classical Masterworks
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002596702 Release Date: 12/02/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Bedrich Smetana,  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  David Garrett,  Hélčne Grimaud,  Max Richter,  Daniel Hope  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel,  Rafael Kubelik,  Herbert von Karajan,  André de Ridder  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin  ... 
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    Complete Concerto Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon / Kremer
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002582102 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 22
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Alban Berg,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Heinz Holliger,  Mischa Maisky,  Rainer Keuschnig  ... 
    Conductor:  Gidon Kremer,  Pierre Boulez,  Sir Colin Davis,  Emil Tchakarov  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    50 Best Film Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556483 Release Date: 08/05/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Zacharias,  Sabine Meyer,  Radu Lupu,  André Previn  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Vonk,  André Previn,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Iain Sutherland  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Hungarian Quartet,  Il Giardino Armonico,  Concentus Musicus Wien
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    Pinchas Zukerman: Complete Recordings on DG, Decca, & Philips
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002514302 Release Date: 07/22/2016   Number of Discs: 22
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Midori,  Daniel Barenboim,  Marc Neikrug  ... 
    Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Daniel Barenboim,  Charles Dutoit,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Dvorak, Saint-Saens, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven & Brahms: Works for Cello / Rose
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 80389 Release Date: 07/01/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Leonard Rose,  Eugene Istomin,  Nadia Reisenberg
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Louis de Froment
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra,  Luxembourg Radio/Television Symphony Orchestra
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  • 11.
    Decca Sound – Dutoit: The Montreal Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002449102 Release Date: 02/19/2016   Number of Discs: 35
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Ernest Chausson,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé,  Timothy Hutchins,  Beverly Hoch,  Stanford Olsen  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Chorus
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  • 12.
    The Decca Sound [Repackaged Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002434502 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    100 Best Film Classics [warner Classics]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 553645 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Alfred Newman,  Richard Strauss,  John Williams,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Ernest Blanc,  Nicolai Gedda,  Gary Hoffman,  Gérard Caussé  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Bateman,  Rudolf Kempe,  Geoff Love,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Jean-Marie Leclair,  The Hungarian Quartet,  Il Giardino Armonico  ... 
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    Martha Argerich: The Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002364402 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 48
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Guy Touvron,  Gidon Kremer,  Alexandre Gurning  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Charles Dutoit,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Jörg Faerber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Verbier Festival: Best Of 2014
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 551695 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Scriabin,  Arvo Pärt,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Evgeny Kissin,  Sergei Babayan,  Daniil Trifonov,  Jan Lisiecki  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Gábor Takács-Nagy,  Marc Minkowski,  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verbier Festival Orchestra,  Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
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    Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos / Steinbacher, Dutoit
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186504 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Arabella Steinbacher
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
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  • 17.
    Manuel de Falla - When the Fire Burns, Nights in the Gardens of Spain
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2061108 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla
    Performer:  Alicia de Larrocha,  Teresa Berganza,  Nicanor Zabaleta,  Justino Diaz
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 18.
    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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  • 19.
    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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  • 20.
    Penderecki: Violin Concerto No. 2; Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No. 1
    Label: Royal Philharmonic   Catalog: 47 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Krzysztof Penderecki,  Karol Szymanowski
    Performer:  Ju-Young Baek
    Conductor:  Grzegorz Nowak,  Charles Dutoit
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  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    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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  • 24.
    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,  Paris Orchestra,  Bordeaux Aquitaine Orchestra  ... 
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  • 25.
    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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