Daniel Harding

Biography

Born: 1976  
Daniel Harding rocketed to the ranks of international star conductors at an astonishingly young age, conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra before he was twenty-one years old.

His musical education started with recorder classes as a schoolboy, then violin lessons. He chose trumpet as his instrument. When he was fourteen Harding decided he wanted to be a conductor. The next year he had the idea of conducting Schoenberg's Pierrot
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Harding wrote to Simon Rattle, the conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Rattle, who himself had great success at an early age, says that when he saw the letter he thought Harding was "crazy."

Nevertheless, when he came to see for himself Rattle was impressed. He took Harding as a student when the latter was sixteen old. At the age of seventeen, Harding became Rattle's assistant. This resulted in Harding making his professional conducting debut in 1994 with the CBSO. This appearance won the Royal Philharmonic Society's "Best Debut" Award for the 1993-1994 season.

Harding was hired at the age of eighteen by Hans Werner Henze to participate in the preparations for the Munich Biennial Festival. During the same year, Pierre Boulez accepted Harding into his master class.

At the age of nineteen he participated in a performance of Stockhausen's Gruppen, a work requiring three conductors, at the "Towards the Millennium" Festival. Rattle and John Carewe were the other conductors.

Claudio Abbado engaged Harding as assistant conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic for the 1995-1996 season. By now he was also receiving opportunities to guest conduct. Among his appearances was a Bartók and Sibelius program with violinist Sarah Chang at the Rotterdam Philharmonic.

During the September 1996 Berlin Festival, Harding received a quintessential lucky break when conductor Franz Welser-Möst fell ill and could not conduct. Without an orchestral rehearsal, he took over the podium in a program of Berlioz's Corsair Overture, Brahms' Double Concerto, and Dvorak's Symphony No. 8 in G major.

The critic of the Berlin Zeitung said that after a momentary sense of nervousness at the start of the concert, Harding led the overture with verve and authority. She praised Harding's alert and sympathetic accompanying of the two soloists in the concerto, and his grasp and elucidation of an over-all line in the symphony while still attentive to the work's details.

In 1996 Harding also became the youngest conductor ever to give a concert in the BBC Proms. In 1997 he became Principal Conductor of the Trondheim (Norway) Symphony Orchestra. He also was guest conductor of the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra in Sweden and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. In Autumn 1999, he took up the position of Music Director of the Deutsche Kammerephilharmonie.

By then he had already guest conducted widely, appearing with the Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome, The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony, the London Philharmonic, and the London Symphony. He has also conducted opera, leading Janacek's Jenufa (Welsh National Opera) and Mozart's Don Giovanni (with a touring company featuring the Mahler Chamber Orchstra). His Royal Opera House debut was scheduled to be in Britten's Turn of the Screw.

He had something of a dream come true when, in 1998, he returned to the BBC Proms to conduct the Scharoun Ensemble (whose members are drawn from the Berlin Philharmonic) in Pierrot Lunaire.

He has signed an exclusive contract with Virgin Records. His first release was music of Schoenberg and Britten, and with the Kammerphilharmonie has recorded a program of Beethoven overtures. Read less
Turnage: Speranza, From the Wreckage / Harding
Release Date: 11/12/2013   Label: Lso Live  
Catalog: 744   Number of Discs: 1
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    Richard Strauss Collection
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107539 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Matthias Klink,  Falk Struckmann,  Peter Bronder,  Nadja Michael  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding,  Claudio Abbado,  Karl Böhm,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    Beethoven: Emperor Concerto; Schumann: Fantasy / Yundi
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002010302 Release Date: 04/22/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Yundi Li
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Brahms: Le Romantisme De La Grande Forme [8-CD Set]
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908401 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Alessandro Carbonare,  Luc Héry,  Florence Binder,  Nicolas Böne  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe,  Kent Nagano,  Jiri Belohlávek,  Daniel Harding  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale,  Champs-Élysées Orchestra,  La Chapelle Royale Paris  ... 
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    Turnage: Speranza, From the Wreckage / Harding
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: 744 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mark-Anthony Turnage
    Performer:  Hĺkan Hardenberger
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Dvorak: Cello Concertos / Steven Isserlis
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67917 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Steven Isserlis
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
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    The Violin / Nicola Benedetti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001912002 Release Date: 09/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Johannes Brahms,  Arvo Pärt  ... 
    Performer:  Nicola Benedetti,  Thomas Carroll,  Tamás András,  Ksenija Sidorova  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton,  Jakub Hrusa,  Daniel Harding,  Kirill Karabits
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Weber: Hunter's Bride (Der Freischutz) / Grundheber, Schollum, Banse, Harding
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101692 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber
    Performer:  Olaf Bär,  René Pape,  Michael Volle,  Regula Mühlemann  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Weber: Hunter's Bride (Der Freischutz) / Grundheber, Schollum, Banse, Harding [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108097 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber
    Performer:  Benno Schollum,  Franz Grundheber,  Juliane Banse,  Michael König  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus
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    Bartok: Violin Concertos No 1 & 2 / Isabelle Faust, Daniel Harding, Swedish Radio Symphony
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902146 Release Date: 08/13/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Isabelle Faust
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Le Violon Roi / Renaud Capucon [3-CD Set]
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 584402 Release Date: 05/21/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon,  Gautier Capuçon,  Martha Argerich,  Mischa Maisky  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexandre Rabinovitch,  Myung-Whun Chung,  Daniel Harding,  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra,  Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra  ... 
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    Widmann: Violin Concerto, Insel Der Siren, Antiphon / Tetzlaff, Harding, Swedish Radio Symphony
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1215 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jörg Widmann
    Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 12.
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 26792 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Truls Otterbech Mork,  Lars Anders Tomter,  Mark Blatchly,  Robert Tear  ... 
    Conductor:  Libor Pesek,  Simon Rattle,  Oliver Knussen,  Iona Brown  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endymion Ensemble,  Aldeburgh Festival Ensemble
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  • 13.
    Anthology Of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vol 7: 2000-2010
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 12004 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Leos Janácek,  Richard Strauss,  Alphons Diepenbrock,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Vesko Eschkenazy,  Godfried Hoogeveen,  Lars Vogt,  Jorgen Van Rijen  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Elder,  Lorin Maazel,  Claus Peter Flor,  Riccardo Chailly  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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    Britten: Orchestral Works
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 781602 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Robert Tear,  Peter Donohoe,  Peter [English Horn] Walden,  Wesley Warren  ... 
    Conductor:  Libor Pesek,  Simon Rattle,  Paavo Järvi,  Paavo Berglund  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Choir  ... 
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    Strauss: Salome / Michael, Struckmann, Bronder, Vermillion, Harding
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107323 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Natela Nicoli,  Iris Vermillion,  Nadja Michael,  Peter Bronder  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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    Mahler: Symphonies No 1-10, Das Lied Von Der Erde / Royal Concertgebouw
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 12101 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Bernarda Fink,  Ricarda Merbeth,  Miah Persson,  Camilla Nylund  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding,  Mariss Jansons,  Iván Fischer,  Daniele Gatti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Netherlands Radio Choir,  Boys of the Breda Sacrament Choir  ... 
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    Romantische Arien / Christian Gerhaher
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 54229 Release Date: 11/20/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Otto Nicolai  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Gerhaher
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Berg, Brahms: Violin Concertos / Capucon, Harding, Wiener Philharmoniker
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 2653 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alban Berg,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Berg, Brahms: Violin Concertos / Capucon, Harding, Wiener Philharmoniker
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 973396 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alban Berg,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Classics For Your Wedding
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 623247 Release Date: 06/05/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Johann Pachelbel,  César Franck,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini,  David [Pipe Organ] Briggs,  Katia Labčque,  Marielle Labčque  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Andrew Parrott,  Stephen Cleobury,  Paavo Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris,  Les Arts Florissants  ... 
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  • 21.
    Mozart: Don Giovanni / Harding, Mattei, Cachemaille, Gens
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 55536 Release Date: 04/03/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Till Fechner,  Lisa Larsson,  Guodjon Oskarsson,  Mark Padmore  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra,  Aix-en-Provence European Music Academy Soloists
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    Opera 2012
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 70954 Release Date: 04/03/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Diana Damrau,  Joyce DiDonato,  Rolando Villazón,  Natalie Dessay  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano,  Dan Ettinger,  Kazushi Ono,  Marcello Viotti  ... 
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    Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos / Ray Chen
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 798410 Release Date: 02/07/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Ray Chen
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 24.
    The Legend Of Mozart
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 0709452 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Diana Damrau,  Natalie Dessay,  Véronique Gens,  Margaret Marshall  ... 
    Conductor:  Jérémie Rhorer,  Louis Langrée,  Ivor Bolton,  Riccardo Muti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris,  Sinfonia Varsovia,  Le Concert D'Astrée  ... 
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    Great Opear Duets
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 28984 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Hector Berlioz,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Netrebko,  Rolando Villazón,  Natalie Dessay,  Roberto Alagna  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi,  Evelino Pidň,  John Nelson,  John Eliot Gardiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seminario Musicale,  Il Complesso Barocco,  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris  ... 
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