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Daniel Harding, who was born in 1975 in Oxford, began his career as an assistant to Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado. He made his debuts with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 1994 and, in 1996, with the Berlin Philharmonic, with which he continues to perform regularly. His first leadership positions led him to the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, which elected him Honorary Conductor for Life. He has been Principal Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2007 and has extended his contract there until 2023. From 2016 to the summer of 2019, he headed the Orchestre de Paris and, from 2007 to 2016, he was additionally Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. Harding also works with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Saxon Staatskapelle, the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the leading American orchestras. As an opera conductor, Harding has been a regular guest at the Aix-en-Provence Festival since 1998, where he led Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress in 2017. He has conducted works including Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro at the Salzburg Festival and Verdi’s Falstaff as well as Schubert’s Fierabras at La Scala in Milan. The Vienna, Bavarian, and Berlin Staatsoper companies as well as the Royal Opera House in London have also engaged him for a variety of productions. Daniel Harding was awarded the Premio Abbiati (Italian Critics’ Prize) in 2011. His recordings have garnered the Choc de l’Année, the Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros, the Gramophone Award, and a Grammy. He has been a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres since 2002 and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music since 2012.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 16 August 2003 with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in works by Haydn, Kelterborn, and Schumann.