Daniel Harding

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This article refers to the British conductor Daniel Harding. For the footballer, please see Dan Harding.

Daniel Harding (born 31 August 1975) is a British conductor.

Harding was born in Oxford. He studied trumpet at Chetham's School of Music and was a member of the National Youth Orchestra at age 13. At age 17, Harding assembled a group of musicians to perform Pierrot Lunaire of Arnold Schoenberg, and sent a tape of the performance to Simon Rattle in Birmingham. After listening to this tape, Rattle hired Harding as an assistant to him at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for a year, from 1993-1994. Harding then attended the University of Cambridge, but after his first year at university, Claudio Abbado named him his assistant with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Harding first conducted the Berlin Philharmonic at age 21. At the time of his first conducting appearance at The Proms in 1996, he was then the youngest-ever conductor to appear there. Harding has stated that he has never had formal conducting lessons.

In 1997, Harding was the Music Director of the Ojai Music Festival alongside pianist Emanuel Ax. Harding has been music director of the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (1997–2000), the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (1999–2003) and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (2003-2008). Harding now has the title of conductor laureate with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. He conducted the 2005 opening night at La Scala, Milan in Idomeneo, as a substitute after the resignation of Riccardo Muti earlier in 2005.

In 2004, Harding was appointed principal guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), as of 2006. One of his new projects with the LSO involves the 'Sound Adventures' program for new compositions. With the LSO, he has conducted a commercial recording of the opera Billy Budd for EMI Classics. He became the Principal Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2007. In September 2009, he extended his contract as the orchestra's principal conductor through 2012. In April 2013, the orchestra further announced the extension of Harding's contract to 2015. With the orchestra, he has recorded commercially for the Sony Classical label. From September 2010, Harding holds the title "Music Partner of NJP (New Japan Philharmonic)". And from April 2012, Harding also holds the title of the Artistic Director of the Ohga Hall in Karuizawa, Japan. In June 2015, the Orchestre de Paris announced the appointment of Harding as its 9th principal conductor, effective September 2016.

Harding has two children, Adele and George, from his past marriage to Béatrice Muthelet, a violist and co-principal violist of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. The marriage ended in divorce. Harding is a particular fan of the football club Manchester United.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 BBC Music, Volume 6, Number 7: Top of the World London Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding 1
2001 Symphonies 3 & 4 Brahms; Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Daniel Harding 2
2002 The Turn of the Screw Benjamin Britten; Joan Rodgers, Ian Bostridge, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Harding 1
2003 Cello Concertos Joseph Haydn; Gautier Capuçon, Daniel Harding, Mahler Chamber Orchestra 1
2004 Violin Concertos Mendelssohn, Schumann; Renaud Capuçon, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Harding 1
2005 Nicola Benedetti: Szymanowski / Chausson / Saint-Saëns Szymanowski, Chausson, Saint-Saëns; Nicola Benedetti, London Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding 2
2006 New York, Tears and Hope / The Rivers Engulfed Bechara El-Khoury; London Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding, Martyn Brabbins 1
2008 Mahler 10 Mahler; Wiener Philharmoniker, Daniel Harding 1
2008 Violin Concerto / Souvenir d'un lieu cher Tchaikovsky; Janine Jansen, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Harding 1
2011 Violin Concerto / String Sextet no. 2 Brahms; Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Harding, Isabelle Faust 1
2013 Violin Concertos nos. 1 & 2 Béla Bartók; Isabelle Faust, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding 1
2013 Cello Concertos Dvořák; Steven Isserlis, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Harding 1
2014 Alpine Symphony Richard Strauss; Saito Kinen Orchestra, Daniel Harding 1
2014 Szenen aus Goethes Faust Schumann; Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Daniel Harding 1
2014 Beethoven: Emperor Concerto / Schumann: Fantasy in C major Beethoven, Schumann; Yundi, Berliner Philharmoniker, Daniel Harding 2
2015 Mozart Arias Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Dorothea Röschmann, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding 1
2015 Symphonie Nr. 6 Gustav Mahler; Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks & Daniel Harding 1
2016 Piano Concerto no. 1 / Ballades, op. 10 Johannes Brahms; Paul Lewis, Daniel Harding, Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" / Overtures Ludwig van Beethoven; Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Daniel Harding, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2013 Violin Concerto / Antiphon / Insel Der Sirenen Jörg Widmann; Christian Tetzlaff, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding 1

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