Daniel Harding

Principal Guest Conductor

Born in Oxford, Daniel Harding began his career assisting Sir Simon Rattle at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, with which he made his professional debut in 1994. He went on to assist Claudio Abbado at the Berlin Philharmonic and made his debut with the Orchestra at the 1996 Berlin Festival.

He is the Principal Guest Conductor of the LSO, as well as Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Artistic Partner of the New Japan Philharmonic. His previous positions include Principal Conductor of the Trondheim Symphony in Norway (1997–2000), Principal Guest Conductor of Sweden's Norrköping Symphony (1997–2003) and Music Director of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (1997–2003).

He is a regular visitor to the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Vienna Philharmonic (both of which he has conducted at the Salzburg Festival), Royal Concertgebouworkest, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester and the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala. Other guest conducting engagements include international orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, as well as performances with US orchestras including the Philadelphia, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony.

In 2005 he opened the season at La Scala, Milan, conducting a new production of Idomeneo. He returned in 2007 for Salome and in 2008 for a double bill of Duke Bluebeard’s Castle and The Prisoner. His operatic experience also includes The Turn of the Screw and Wozzeck at the Royal Opera House and at the Theater an der Wien; and Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro at the Salzburg Festival with the Vienna Philharmonic. Closely associated with the Aix-en-Provence Festival, he has conducted new productions there of Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, The Turn of the Screw directed by Luc Bondy, La Traviata directed by Peter Mussbach, Eugene Onegin directed by Irina Brook and, most recently, The Marriage of Figaro directed by Vincent Boussard. Otherengagements include Wozzeck and The Magic Flute in Vienna and Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich. His future engagements include Otello in Baden Baden and Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci at La Scala, Milan.

Daniel Harding records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon; his first disc for the yellow label, a recording of Mahler's Tenth Symphony with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, has recently been released to critical acclaim. Previous recordings for Virgin/EMI include Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra; Brahms’s Symphonies Nos 3 and 4 with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen; Billy Budd with the LSO; works by Lutosławski with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, and works by Britten with Ian Bostridge and the Britten Sinfonia.

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