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We’re delighted to welcome to our roster Damian Iorio, conductor, who we will be working with over the coming months.  Damian’s reputation as a formidable conductor continues to grow thanks to highly-acclaimed performances with leading orchestras and opera companies around the world including London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Detroit Symphony, BBC Symphony, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic, and Oper Bonn.

Damian has been Music Director of the Milton Keynes City Orchestra since 2014, and has led the orchestra to new heights, whilst successfully attracting an ever-growing audience for classical music in the region.  This season he welcomes a raft of star soloists, including Stephen Hough and Chloe Hanslip.

In June and July 2018, he will be making a much-anticipated return to the Opéra National de Paris, where he will conduct performances of Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov”.  His pedigree as a fine conductor of opera has been established after performances of Smetana’s “The Bartered Bride” at Opéra National de Paris and Verdi’s “Macbeth” at Glyndebourne. He conducted the Russian premiere of Nyman’s “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” in Moscow, which was subsequently nominated for Best Opera Production at the Golden Mask Festival.

His recent recording of Ghedini and Casella on Naxos was highly acclaimed, with “fine live performances scrupulously conducted by Damian Iorio” (The Guardian), and was awarded the prestigious “Choc” by Le Monde de la Musique.  Iorio is a champion of new music, and has worked closely with Tan Dun, Huw Watkins, Silvia Colasanti and Michael Nyman.

Iorio studied in the UK and USA, and began his musical career as a violinist with the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, before studying conducting in St Petersburg and embarking on a life on the podium.

You can keep up to date with Damian at his website, or on Facebook and Twitter.

(Written on November 15, 2017 )

The Telegraph

Opera world hits back over criticism of cinema screenings

A claim by John Berry, the artistic director of the English National Opera, that opera is harming itself by screening live performances at cinemas has been queried by other arts organisations.

The Guardian

George Benjamin: a life in music 

Benjamin talks about his career and what might lie behind this lack of public appetite for anything resembling contemporary music.

Jessica Duchen

Friday catch-up and Friday historical

Some of Duchen’s highlights of days past and the weekend ahead.

Slipped disc – Norman Lebrecht

Why do conductors collect all those awards?

Jiri Belohlavek has been made an honorary Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for his services as chief conductor of the BBC Symphony these past seven years. That’s fairly low down the honours list as these things go.

Which world famous conductor was middleman for jailed violin dealer?

Dietmar Machold, the Austrian violin dealer with a taste for fine castles, had his bail application rejected again this week.

Plan to merge two German opera houses

Düsseldorf Opera has run out of cash and faces closure. Cologne has sacked its artistic director after he threatened to suspend the next season.


Awards for Sir Antonio Pappano and Jiří Bělohlávek

Conductors receive honours in Italy and UK respectively.


(Written on May 11, 2012 )






Sakari Oramo named BBC Symphony chief conductor designate

Succeeds Jiří Bělohlávek at the 2013 BBC Proms

Concerts for babies

Is it ever too early to introduce your child to live classical music?

BBC Music Mag 

Sascha Goetzel

The Viennese conductor of the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra on their new CD Music from the Machine Age 

Listen to our Opera BBC Music Magazine Awards podcast

Learn more about the three recordings nominated in the Opera category

The Guardian 

Klinghoffer: don’t forget to listen to the music

The controversy surrounding interpretations of John Adams’s opera The Death of Klinghoffer looks set to continue with ENO’s new production. But amid all the debate and protests, don’t overlook the music

NY Times 

Philharmonic Announces Its Next Season

The orchestra is making a fresh start of sorts next season.

LA Times 

Max Raabe’s ‘elegant experiment’

The German singer and bandleader and his Palast Orchester go 21st century retro with their new album, ‘One Cannot Kiss Alone.’,0,6311073.story

(Written on February 23, 2012 )