Watch: Yannick’s partner and Celine Dion sing him a love song

Watch: Yannick’s partner and Celine Dion sing him a love song


norman lebrecht

October 22, 2018

There’s a popular weekly show on CBC French TV called “En direct de l’univers” in which a celebrity is presented with a bouquet of songs representing his or her life.

This weekend’s guest was Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

In the course of the show, his partner Pierre Tourville sang the Jacques Brel ballad Quand On A Que L’Amour (If You Only Have Love), joined from Las Vegas by Celine Dion.

Yannick was stunned at first, and visibly moved from there on.

Watch here.


  • RW2013 says:

    omg he’s gay?!
    I feel another list coming on…

    • John Rook says:

      Yes, he’s gay. So is his partner.

    • Nik says:

      I love the new upvote/downvote wars. This adds so much new meaning to life and music.

    • Thomasina says:

      Eh…it was official juste in Montreal? I have read that he appreciated his partner’s support in the private life (I think this interview is available on the site of “Le journal de Montréal”.

      • Daniel Poulin says:

        When Nézet-Séguin was hired from the Philadelphia Orchestra he proudly introduced his companion (of many years) during the Press Conference. The young man is also a member of the string section of Orchestre Métropolitain. So it was NOT official in Montreal only. YNS always was proud of his lifestyle.

    • Kyle Wiedmeyer says:

      Jean-Yves Thibaudet has said that he does not accept concert engagements if his partner is not invited.

  • Daniel Poulin says:

    Precision: Céline Dion was singing live from Las Vegas, not L.A.; also the young cellist seen during the song is Stéphane Tétreault playing on the 6+ million dollars cello bought by Madame Jacqueline Desmarais from the late Bernard Greenhouse rights holder (Reuning and Son Violins), he of the famous BeauxArts Trio.

  • Emil says:

    “CBC French TV” is called Radio-Canada.
    Also, one should mention that Pierre Tourville is a violist in the Orchestre Métropolitain, as well as their Chorus master.

  • Bruce says:

    Well that was very sweet.

  • Mark says:

    Delightfully nauseating

  • Sharing one’s private happiness in such a way has something embarrassing about it. It looks like washing one’s clean linen in public.