In his twenties, Charles Dutoit was invited by Karajan to conduct the Wiener Staatsoper (the Vienna State Opera) and went on to work at the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires (the Columbus Theatre) and the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma (the Rome Opera House).
Since his debut in the USA in 1980, he has conducted all the major American orchestras (New York, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, etc.), including the Philadelphia Orchestra for 32 consecutive years. In addition, he conducts all the major orchestras on the five continents and performs at all major European festivals. He was Music Director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (the Montreal Symphony Orchestra) from 1977 to 2002, world-renowned partner of the Orchestre National de France from 1991 to 2001, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the NHK Symphony in Tokyo from 1996 to 2003 and of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London from 2009 to 2018. In 2018, he was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the renowned St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
Honorary citizen of the city of Philadelphia, Grand Officer of the National Order of Quebec, Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, Officer of the Order of Canada, he received the Gold Medal of the city of Lausanne in 2007 and in 2014 the Lifetime Achievement of the International Classic Music Awards. In 2017, he received the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society, created in 1870 to commemorate the centenary of Beethoven's birth. He became the 103rd recipient of the award.
60 out of his 250 or so recordings have received international awards.
Passionate about history, archaeology, political science, art and architecture, he has visited 196 nations around the world.