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
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  • 1.
    Mozart: The Complete Operas / Salzburger Festspiele
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002571709 Release Date: 12/09/2016   Number of Discs: 33
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jekaterina Tretjakova,  Astrid Hofer,  Maximilian Kiener,  Christiane Karg  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Wallnig,  Elisabeth Fuchs,  Michael Hofstetter,  Marc Minkowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Universität Mozarteum Symphony Orchestra,  Salzburg Youth Philharmonic,  Camerata Salzburg  ... 
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    Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique - Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie Suite / Harding, Swedish Radio Symphony
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902244 Release Date: 09/30/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Jean-Philippe Rameau
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Horizon 7 / Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 16003 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Benjamin,  Magnus Lindberg,  Richard Rijnvos,  Tan Dun
    Performer:  Bejun Mehta,  Dominic Seldis
    Conductor:  George Benjamin,  David Robertson,  Daniel Harding,  Tan Dun
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Netherlands Chamber Choir
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    Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 & Ballades, Op. 10 / Lewis
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902191 Release Date: 04/15/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Paul Lewis
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Dorothea Roschmann: Mozart Arias
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875061262 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dorothea Röschmann
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
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    Mahler: Symphony No. 6 / Harding, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900132 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Ian Bostridge: Autograph
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552551 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Hugo Wolf,  Claudio Monteverdi  ... 
    Performer:  Ian [Tenor Vocals] Bostridge,  Julius Drake,  Antonio Pappano,  Patrizia Ciofi  ... 
    Conductor:  Emmanuelle Haďm,  Harry Bicket,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  William Christie  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert D'Astrée,  Les Sacqueboutiers,  Les Arts Florissants  ... 
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    Tchaikovsky: Masterworks Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002362102 Release Date: 09/04/2015   Number of Discs: 27
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Rosemarie Lang,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Ruthid Engert-Ely,  Mirella Freni  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Seiji Ozawa,  Mikhail Pletnev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden,  Tchaikovsky Choir,  French National Orchestra  ... 
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    Verbier Festival: Best Of 2014
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 551695 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Scriabin,  Arvo Pärt,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Evgeny Kissin,  Sergei Babayan,  Daniil Trifonov,  Jan Lisiecki  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Gábor Takács-Nagy,  Marc Minkowski,  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verbier Festival Orchestra,  Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
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    Sempre Libera / Miah Persson
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2112 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Charles Gounod,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Miah Persson,  Katarina Karnéus [Mezzo Soprano Vocals],  Andrew Staples
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes Faust / Gerhaher, Karg, Harding
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900122 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Alastair Miles,  Christiane Karg,  Christian Gerhaher,  Bernarda Fink  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Piano Concertos 3 & 4 / Pires, Harding
    Label: Onyx (Classical Label)   Catalog: 4125 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Strauss:  Ariadne Auf Naxos  / Harding, Kaufmann, Magee, Mosuc
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 300574 Release Date: 07/15/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Emily Magee,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Elena Mosuc
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Strauss: Ariadne Auf Naxos / Harding, Kaufmann, Magee, Mosuc [blu-ray]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 300575 Release Date: 07/15/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Emily Magee,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Elena Mosuc
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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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: Dg 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 - Romanticism & Formal Genius
    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,  Jiří Bělohlávek,  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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  • 20.
    The Violin / 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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  • 21.
    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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    Britten: Operas
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 350072 Release Date: 09/17/2013   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Dan Dressen,  Andrew Murgatroyd,  Angus Smith,  Bronwen Mills  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Brunelle,  Bernard Haitink,  Oliver Knussen,  Daniel Harding  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Plymouth Music Series Orchestra,  Plymouth Music Series Chorus,  Plymouth Music Series Ensemble Singers  ... 
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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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  • 25.
    Le Violon Roi / Renaud Capucon [3-CD Set]
    Label: Erato   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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