Dutoit marries former Montreal Symphony concertmaster Juillet

Posted on: February 12, 2010

In Thursday’s (2/11) Montreal Gazette, Arthur Kaptainis reports, “Former [Montreal Symphony Orchestra] music director Charles Dutoit has married the Montreal-born violinist Chantal Juillet, 20 years after he elevated her from the first violin section of the MSO to the front desk of the orchestra. The wedding was reported on in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Dutoit, 73, is chief conductor of the Philadephia Orchestra. Inquirer critic Peter Dobrin wrote that Dutoit and ‘his longtime partner’ were married on Monday in San Francisco. Dutoit is in California to lead the San Francisco Symphony through performances of Holst’s The Planets. Juillet, 49, joined the MSO in 1985 and rose quickly to the created post of co-concertmaster, a position she held from 1990 to 1993. On Dutoit’s advice the Decca recording label added Juillet to its roster. The Saratoga Performing Arts Centre in Saratoga Springs, NY—which Dutoit visits annually with the Philadelphia Orchestra—also made her director of the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival. Juillet still holds this position. This is Dutoit’s fourth marriage.”

Posted February 12, 2010