French conductor and violinist Ludovic Morlot is primarily known for specializing in contemporary music. In childhood, he studied the violin, but after attending the Royal Academy of Music in London, he took up conducting. He also pursued courses at the Royal College of Music and the Pierre Monteux School and studied conducting at Tanglewood on a fellowship. Morlot was conductor in residence at the Orchestre National de Lyon, which he followed with a stint as assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Following his performances with the Seattle Symphony as a guest conductor, he became the orchestra's music director in 2011, while simultaneously serving as chief conductor of the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. Morlot has conducted a variety of works, from Classical operas to post-Romantic symphonies, but his repertoire emphasizes modern and contemporary music. Morlot has performed works by Ives, Dutilleux, Carter, and Murail, as well as many premieres. He was named affiliate professor of music at the University of Washington in 2012, and in 2013 was appointed the chair of conducting studies. His recordings appear on the Seattle Symphony Media label.