We asked some of the Orchestra's musicians about their first impressions of Yannick Nezet-Seguin. Here are their comments:
"Behind his energy are very intelligent listening skills, analyzing and organizing quickly with an emotionally exciting nature."
- Don Liuzzi, principal timpani
"He brought a combination of great enthusiasm and intelligence in those two weeks."
- Jennifer Montone, principal horn
"He's certainly one of the most personable guest conductors we've ever had."
- Henry Scott, bass
"YNS made a tremendous impression in his debut with the orchestra, which continued on his return. He seems to have an instinctual way of communicating through his gestures, and his music-making is very natural. His high energy level is exciting, so we should be in for quite a time."
- David Cramer,
associate principal flute
"It was obvious that he's an incredibly instinctive conductor."
- Herold Klein, violin
"I was totally impressed with how mature and polished he appeared, with so much youthful energy."
- Paul Roby,
associate principal second violin
"His personality is so genuine; he's an awesome musician with amazing energy."
- Carol Jantsch, principal tuba
"I've never been more excited to make music, and I'm thrilled to collaborate with such a fantastic conductor."
- Jason De Pue, violin
"He has the unique ability to create an atmosphere of collaboration when it comes to music-making - a rare skill. Everyone feels relaxed in his presence, focused on gestures he gives and energized when he's on the podium."
- Christopher Deviney,