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Music Director Daniel Harding

The Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding, has the very definition of a meteoric career behind him. Having been mentored by both Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado in his teens, Harding has made a remarkable journey from his childhood in Oxford to one of the foremost concert halls in the world.

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Daniel Harding was born in 1975, and grew up in Oxford. Both parents were active at the University of Oxford, interested in music, and passionate amateur musicians. Harding showed a musical talent from an early age, started playing the trumpet at the age of eight, and began studying at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. At the age of 13, he became a trumpeter for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, with which he performed at the BBC Proms for the first time in 1989.

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