Yan Pascal Tortelier enjoys a distinguished career as a guest with the world’s most prestigious orchestras. Following a successful career as violinist, Tortelier studied conducting with Franco Ferrara at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, and was appointed Associate Conductor of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse(1974 to 1983), Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Ulster Orchestra (1989-1992) and Principal Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (2005-2008). He was Principal Conductor of the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, from 2009-2011, and currently holds the position of Guest Conductor of Honour, in which capacity he returns to the orchestra a number of times each season.
Following his outstanding work as Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic between 1992 and 2003, including annual appearances at the BBC Proms and a very successful tour of the US to celebrate the orchestra's 60th anniversary season, he was given the title of Conductor Emeritus and continues to work with the orchestra regularly.
Yan Pascal Tortelier has collaborated with major orchestras including the London Symphony and London Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Boston, Chicago and Montreal Symphony Orchestras. Further afield he has collaborated with the Melbourne Symphony, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony and the Hong Kong and Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestras.