The London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) has named Yannick Nézet-Séguin as its new principal guest conductor.

The 32-year-old French-Canadian will take up the baton at the start of the 2008/2009 season for an initial three-year contract. He replaces Russian Vladimir Jurowski, who took up the post in 2003 and is now the orchestra's principal conductor.

Nézet-Séguin's appointment follows his appointment to the new position of Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra's music director, which he also takes up next year. He has served as artistic director of the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal since 2000.

The LPO's chief executive Timothy Walker described Nézet-Séguin as having "outstanding musicality, knowledge and technique," and the ability to "move players to exceptional performance and to communicate a strength and vitality of vision to the listener that is totally engrossing."

The 75-year-old British orchestra released a statement in which it claimed that the new guest conductor commanded "unanimous and instantaneous respect from orchestral musicians, a formidable technique and a sense of calm, communicative authority."

Nézet-Séguin regularly appears with the Toronto Symphony and other leading Canadian orchestras. He makes his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra Washington later this season, and other major U.S. orchestral debuts are planned. He is likely to record with both Rotterdam Philharmonic and for the LPO's own label LPO Live.

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