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1Name:  Mr. Yannick Nézet-Séguin
 Institution:  Orchestre Métropolitain, Montreal; Philadelphia Orchestra; New York Metropolitan Opera; Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
 Year Elected:  2022
 Class:  5. The Arts, Professions, and Leaders in Public & Private Affairs
 Subdivision:  501. Creative Artists
 Residency:  International
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1975
Yannick Nézet-Séguin is a Conductor and Pianist. He is currently Music Director of the Orchestre Métropolitain (Montréal), the Metropolitan Opera, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He is also Honorary Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra after serving as Principal Conductor from 2008 to 2018. He studied piano, conducting, composition, and chamber music at the Quebec Conservatory in Montreal and choral conducting at the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. Other experience includes serving as Musical Director of Chœur Polyphonique de Montréal (1994), Musical Director of Choeur de Laval (1995), Founder of La Chapelle de Montréal (1995-2002), and Chorus Master, Assistant Conductor, and Music Adviser for the Opéra de Montréal (1998-2002). Widely recognized for his musicianship, dedication, and charisma, he has established himself as a musical leader of the highest caliber and one of the most thrilling talents of his generation. His intensely collaborative style, deeply rooted musical curiosity, and boundless enthusiasm, paired with a fresh approach to orchestral programming, have been heralded by critics and audiences alike. The New York Times has called him "phenomenal," adding that under his baton, "the ensemble, famous for its glowing strings and homogenous richness, has never sounded better." At a time when few conductors had personal recording contracts, Nézet-Séguin enjoyed an open-ended agreement with Deutsch Grammophon. His extensive discography includes numerous recordings for the German label, including the 2015 Rachmaninov Variations with Daniil Trifonov and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He is also a notable opera conductor. His operas on video include: Carmen, Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Grammophon, 2010; Rusalka, Metropolitan Opera, Decca Classics, 2014; Faust, Metropolitan Opera, Decca Classics, 2014. He was the 2000 recipient of the Virginia Parker Prize and the 2010 recipient of the National Arts Centre Award. He was named a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2012. Nézet-Séguin was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society in 2022.
2Name:  Professor Natasha Trethewey
 Institution:  Northwestern University
 Year Elected:  2022
 Class:  5. The Arts, Professions, and Leaders in Public & Private Affairs
 Subdivision:  501. Creative Artists
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1966
Natasha Trethewey currently serves as the Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University. She was appointed United States Poet Laureate in 2012 and again in 2013. She earned her B.A. from the University of Georgia in 1989, her M.A. from Hollins University in 1991, and her M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1995. Trethewey is an exceptional poet and writer. Her works focus on problematic episodes in the American South and, more particularly, the Gulf Coast - and in her own family history. Thus, the themes of her poetry - ordinary lives in the Jim Crow South, Black soldiers in the Civil War, the life of a New Orleans sex worker, the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina, and, most recently, the difficult life and traumatic death of her mother, which led Trethewey to become a poet. During her appointment as Poet Laureate, Trethewey created a section of the PBS NewsHour, "Where Poetry Lives." As one critic has written, "A sense of justice made urgent by loss continues to underpin her work, which entwines historical narrative and lived experience, refusing to diminish either. Her poetry speaks plain truth rendered in forms strong enough to hold contradictions and sometimes devastating complexities." Trethewey's bibliography includes: Domestic Work (2000), Bellocq's Ophelia (2002), Native Guard (2006), Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (2010), Thrall (2012), Monument: Poems New and Selected (2018), and Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir (2020). Among numerous awards, she was the 2003 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the 2007 recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the 2017 recipient of the Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities, and the 2018 recipient of the Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature. She has been a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Academy of Arts & Letters since 2019, and was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society in 2022.
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