Top Swiss export turns 80

Top Swiss export turns 80


norman lebrecht

September 26, 2016

No Swiss maestro has matched the world conquests of Charles Dutoit.

He was music director of the Montreal Symphony from 1977 to 2002 and at various other times of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the Pacific Music Festival, the NHK Symphony in Tokyo, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London.

Dutoit will turn 80 on October 7.



  • debussyste says:

    Joyeux anniversaire, Monsieur Dutoit !

  • Mark Mortimer says:

    One of the few great conductors left alive. A musician of great charisma whose performances & recordings- with their style/sensitivity leave an indelible mark on me.

    Pity he had such a tough time in Montreal at the end.

    He strikes me as a man whom you could sit down with over a glass of wine with to discuss music & many other things. For one- I’d like to discuss the Faure Requiem with him. So if you read this forum. Happy Birthday Maestro.

    • Mathieu says:

      “Pity he had such a tough time in Montreal at the end”. He had a tough time in Paris from the start!

    • Nick says:

      I had the good fortune once to spend two hours alone with him. In a long career I have never met anyone more knowledgeable on so many subjects. And has anyone else in the music business visited virtually every country on earth? It was an utterly fascinating conversation.

  • John Willan says:

    Happy Birthday Charles

  • marina arshinova says:

    last season he conducted in SPb “Fantasic” Berlioz – just fantastic!