Stéphane Denève was born in Tourcoing in the north of France. He graduated at the Paris Conservatoire and early on in his career worked with conductors such as Georg Solti, Georges Prêtre and Seiji Ozawa.
He is chief conductor of the Brussels Philharmonic and principal guest conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra. A fervent advocate of contemporary music, he is also Director of the Centre for Future Orchestral Repertoire in Brussels. Recently, Denève was named Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony, succeeding David Robertson in the 2019/2020 season.
Earlier he was chief conductor of the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Stéphane Denève conducted opera productions at the Royal Opera, the Opéra National de Paris, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Scala in Milan, La Monnaie in Brussels and Dutch National Opera. He is a regular guest conductor with orchestras such as the Wiener Symphoniker, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the symphony orchestras of Boston and Chicago and The Cleveland Orchestra,
In 2013 he made a convincing debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducting Frank Martin’s Golgotha during the Passion and Easter Sunday performance, after which he returned several times as a guest conductor.