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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.

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.

Daniel Harding had his breakthrough early, having assisted both Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado in his teens. He began his musical training as a trumpeter, but is now one of the world’s most sought-after conductors. He has made many critically acclaimed and award-winning recordings; he won a Grammy in 2010 for Britten’s Billy Budd, for instance. Since 2007, Harding is the Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He is also the Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, Music Partner of New Japan Philharmonic, and Artistic Director of Ohga Hall in Japan. Between 2016-2018 he was also the Music Director of Orchestre de Paris.

Daniel Harding. Foto: Julian Hargreaves

Daniel Harding. Foto: Julian Hargreaves