Daniel Harding


Born in Oxford in 1975, Daniel Harding 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 still performs regularly. His first leadership positions took him to the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, which elected him Honorary Conductor for Life in 2011. Since 2007, Harding has been chief of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; he has extended his contract there until 2023. He also stood at the helm of the Orchestre de Paris from 2016 to summer 2019 and was Principal Guest Conductor at the London Symphony Orchestra from 2007 to 2016. In 2018, he was appointed Artistic Director of the Anima Mundi Festival in Pisa. Harding also works with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouworkest, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and major American orchestras. As an opera conductor, he has appeared many times at the Aix-en-Provence Festival and the Salzburg Festival. For his performances of Verdi’s Falstaff and Schubert’s Fierabras at La Scala in Milan, he was awarded the Premio Abbiati, the prize of the Italian music critics. The Vienna, Bavarian, and Berlin Staatsoper companies and London’s Royal Opera House have also engaged him for various productions. His CDs have received numerous awards, including a Grammy for his recording of Britten’s Billy Budd. Harding has been Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres since 2002 and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music since 2012; in 2021, he was appointed Commander in the Order of the British Empire (CBE). In addition to his musical work, he has also obtained a pilot’s license and flies passenger aircraft.

LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 16 August 2003 with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in works by Haydn, Kelterborn, and Schumann.

July 2021